Natural gas vehicle fueling infrastructure is on the rise in the United States, thanks to a convergence of company efforts to run cleaner, more affordable fleets, local governments concerned about air quality and a growing commitment to vehicles that reduce our reliance on foreign oil. There are about 110,000 natural gas vehicles on U.S. roads today and about 1,000 natural gas fueling stations.
Legislation now under consideration in Congress would provide tax credits for the purchase of natural gas for vehicles. In addition, companies that invest in natural gas refueling infrastructure would get up to $100,000 per station.
Another encouraging sign for infrastructure are expanding natural gas corridors. South Coast Air Quality Management District and UPS are completing a 700-mile natural gas corridor from Las Vegas to Ontario, California. In addition to fueling more than 200 UPS heavy-duty vehicles, the corridor would be accessible to all natural gas vehicles.
Similarly, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has designated I-15 from Idaho to Arizona as a natural gas vehicle corridor. Seattle also is among the growing number of cities that are making fueling stations for municipal fleets available to the public.
Under, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Department of Energy funded 25 different projects for alternative fuel, infrastructure and advanced technology vehicles, and 19 of these 25 projects included natural gas. These commitments include support for 140 new fueling stations.
To find an alternative fueling station near you or on a specific route, check out the Alternative Fuels Data Center that contains information on refueling stations throughout the country.