With an overwhelming abundance of natural gas in the U.S. due to the miracle of hydraulic fracturing in shale, the question on many people’s minds is, “Why don’t we convert more of our vehicles to run on natural gas?” It is happening—slowly. CNG (or compressed natural gas) cars and trucks are cropping up here and there—but it’s still far from common. The primary reason it’s not more widespread? You need filling stations, and CNG filling stations are a lot different than gasoline filling stations.
An article in the current issue of Northeast Driller runs down some of the differences between CNG and gasoline. Among the points made: