Natural gas is America’s reliable, abundant energy resource. With ample supply, an expanding delivery network, innovative technologies and decades of price stability, natural gas is poised to power not only passenger vehicles available to the public but also municipal and commercial truck fleets; drill rigs; marine vessels; train locomotives; and other high-horsepower engines.
Abundant supply is enabling growth in new markets for natural gas, all ?while delivering environmental benefits and cost savings. Natural gas provides the same level of performance as traditional fuels when powering ?a range of engines.
Government officials and other leading energy experts agree the United States has affordable and abundant supplies of natural gas ready to meet a growing demand in the transportation sector and beyond. We have enough natural gas to meet our diverse energy needs well into the next century.
Natural gas powers over 140,000 vehicles on U.S. roads today and more than 15.2 million worldwide. There are 1,200 natural gas fueling stations in the U.S. with more coming on line every month. And consumer choices are increasing with the continued introduction of passenger cars and trucks built to run on natural gas.
Natural gas offers lifecycle savings through reduced fuel costs and lower operating and maintenance costs, while delivering environmental benefits. For example, marine vessles powered by natural gas are able to meet new stringent emissions requirements without investments in expensive control technologies.
UPS, the world’s largest package-delivery service, operates one of the nation’s largest NGV fleets. The company has used natural gas vehicles to transport packages for years and, in 2014, most of the 700 new tractor-trailers that UPS puts on the road will be powered by natural gas.
Visitors to the majestic Grand Canyon can view the National Park while riding shuttle buses powered by natural gas. The National Park Service reports they burn quieter and cleaner, with much less smoke and odor.
Los Angeles runs 2,200 CNG-powered buses every day. The city reports reducing particulates 80%, cutting greenhouse gases by 300,000 lbs per day, and saving ?nearly 20% on fuel versus its previous diesel fleet.
More and more operators of high-horsepower equipment are turning to natural gas power. As General Electric noted, “exploration & production (E&P) companies can save $600,000 per engine, per year by switching to natural gas-fueled engines versus diesel. E&Ps can realize a $1.8 million fuel savings per rig by using field gas versus diesel.”
According to a 2012 Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, Class I railroads spent more than $11 billion for more than 3.3. billion gallons of diesel fuel. To help reduce those costs and reduce air emissions, BNSF Railway Company, a 32,000 mile network in 28 states, announced the testing of some of its locomotives to run on LNG. Other rail companies, such as CSX, are also testing LNG as a locomotive fuel.
The world’s first fully LNG-powered container ships are being built by shipping firm TOTE right here in America. The ships will help the company drastically reduce emissions, by up to 97% for pollutants like sulfur. Washington State Ferries, part of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is also making the move to LNG and expects to cut fuel costs in half while slashing emissions of pollutants like particulate matter by 89%.
Automakers including Ford and Honda are making natural gas vehicles available to consumers. With more than 1,200 stations nationwide, it’s getting easier for owners to hit ?the road with cleaner, dependable, affordable natural gas powering their ride.