Compressed natural gas has been gaining popularity as a solid fuel choice, and many municipalities and organizations are converting their fleet from diesel and other traditional petroleum-based fuels to CNG. With many benefits of CNG, including cost and environmental, it makes sense for companies to make the switch. Even today’s vehicle manufacturers are starting to produce CNG-powered vehicles for everyday use. Like anything new, though, there are questions. Below all your compressed natural gas vehicle questions will be answered.
Can I convert a vehicle to CNG?
Yes. It is possible to convert a vehicle to compressed natural gas using a conversion kit. To ensure it’s installed properly, it makes sense to have your vehicle conversion handled by an experienced technician who can ensure your vehicle meets EPA and state regulations.
What fueling options are available for compressed natural gas vehicles?
Slow-fill and fast-fill CNG fueling stations are available in many areas across the US. If you use your vehicle often, a public fast-fill station would be the best option, as you can fuel your vehicle like you would at a traditional gas station and be on your way. If you only use your vehicle during certain times of the day, a slow-fill station installed on your company’s property will allow you to fuel your fleet overnight or while your fleet is not in use.
Can I buy a vehicle already using CNG or do I need to convert an existing vehicle?
You can do either one. Some vehicle manufacturers are producing compressed natural gas vehicles as an alternative to petroleum-based models. If you’re looking for a personal vehicle that uses CNG, you can find something already in existence, or you can opt to have your current vehicle converted to CNG.
If you’re a company looking for a compressed natural gas fleet, converting your fleet will be the economical way for you to reap the benefits of natural gas without having to spend a fortune on an entirely new fleet.
Are CNG vehicles safe?
Yes. CNG vehicles are extremely safe to drive. Compressed natural gas dissipates into the air if spilled, so there’s no need to worry about it catching fire. CNG also doesn’t exhaust harmful fumes or chemicals into the air, which makes it safer for the environment and those pedestrians working around your vehicle.
Will CNG make my vehicle lose power?
The way compressed natural gas works with your vehicle will depend on the type of engine power. In most cases, drivers will not notice any power loss in their vehicle after converting to CNG; however, some people have reported a loss of power less than 10%.
Compressed natural gas is a great fueling solution for drivers looking for a petroleum alternative. If you’d like to learn more about Ozinga’s compressed natural gas solutions, talk with one of our energy experts today.