Friday September 22, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Question
WHAT IS A NATURAL GAS VEHICLE?

Answer
A Natural Gas Vehicle, also known as an NGV, is fueled by natural gas rather than traditional gasoline or diesel fuel.  Mechanically speaking, NGVs run in similar ways to traditional vehicles but they are cleaner, quieter, more efficient and less expensive to operate.

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WHAT IS COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS?

Answer
Compressed Natural Gas or CNG is a type of natural gas that is commonly used to fuel NGVs.  Quite simply, the gas has been “compressed” as the name says, to take up less space and permit for a smaller tank than would otherwise be possible.

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Question
WHAT IS LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS?

Answer
Liquefied Natural Gas or LNG is sometimes used instead of CNG as a fuel for vehicles.  Simply put, rather than compressing the gas, it is liquefied, taking up even less space than CNG.  LNG vehicles vaporize the gas before it is introduced into the vehicle engine.

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Question
IS NATURAL GAS A SAFE VEHICLE FUEL?

Answer
Natural gas is a fundamentally safe and sound fuel choice.  It is different than gasoline in that it disperses into the air in the event of an accident.  With a high ignition temperature and smaller range of flammability, the accidental ignition or combustion of natural gas is unlikely.

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HOW DO I COMPARE THE COST/FUEL ECONOMY OF CNG VERSUS GASOLINE?

Answer
Natural gas is sold in something called a Gasoline Gallon Equivalent, or GGE, which helps you compare “apples to apples” in analyzing costs.  One GGE is equal to 1.25 therms of natural gas.  Therefore, if the going rate for a therm of natural gas were say, $1, then you would pay $1.25 for a GGE of natural gas.  While the cost of natural gas does fluctuate, it is currently about 50% cheaper to fill your tank with CNG than with diesel.

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Question
HOW DOES FUELING UP A VEHICLE ACTUALLY WORK?

Answer
In most cases, a fueling station taps into a local utility gas line.  The gas is then compressed and dispensed into the vehicle’s tank(s) in a pressurized form.  There are two types of fueling stations, one called the “fast-fill” system and the other called a “time-fill” system.  Time fill systems refuel vehicles that typically return to their home base overnight because they refuel at the rate of about one gallon per hour.  This is a good option for commercial fleets such as waste disposal trucks, municipal fleets and any public or private fleet vehicle that operates during the day and stays parked during non-business hours.

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LINKS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NATURAL GAS

US GAS VEHICLES —  www.usgasvehicles.com

AMERICAS NATURAL GAS ALLIANCE — www.anga.US

FLORIDA NATURAL GAS ASSOCIATION — www.floridagas.org

OFFICE OF ENERGY, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE www.freshfromflorida.com/offices/energy

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