One Alternative Fuel Option Is Natural Gas For Your Car

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A natural gas industry group has created what it calls a “roadmap” to putting Pennsylvania’s huge Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves to use in transportation.

This is a chicken and egg situation. Natural gas powered vehicles are available now, but filling stations are rare so the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s “Roadmap” lays out ways to encourage refueling infrastructure for commercial vehicles, which might entice consumers to buy a natural gas car.

Steve Forde, the Coalition’s Policy and Communications Director, says there’s a way to use either natural gas or gasoline, “There are a number of bi-fuel vehicles on the market right now and from the actual cost of the vehicles and the usability of those vehicles, bi-fuel vehicles have becomes quite prevalent not only in Pennsylvania but elsewhere as well.”

Advantages of natural gas as vehicle fuel include domestic production, cleaner operation and current cost equivalent of less than $2 a gallon.

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Reported By John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio.

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  • bottomline

    Natural gas powered vehicles were proposed back in the early 70’s after the first oil crisis. Natural gas is clean, but, back then, it was too expensive so it was rarely used.
    It seems to me, natural gas is a better option then using corn based ethanol because food and fertile land are even more precious commodities.
    The commercial interests will always be there.

  • alleycat

    Look who is funding this piece! The company’s drilling in the Marcellus Shale area.
    They have a vested interest.

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