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Pike Research – Natural Gas Truck Sales to Increase

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Truck Transporting LNG – Expect to See More of These Soon

While petroleum-sourced fuel prices continue to rise, changes are necessary in order to mitigate them. One way is to improve fuel economy, including engine design and partial or full electrification. These methods are helpful, but with the increasing availability of natural gas, perhaps a change in fuel is worth looking into.

Since compressed natural gas [CNG] and liquified natural gas [LNG] stations are expensive and not very common, less than 1,200 in the US compared to some 159,000 gasoline stations, there are not too many CNG or LNG vehicles on the road today.

In order to save money on transportation, though, fleet operators can afford to have these stations installed themselves, to take advantage of the low price of natural gas. A recent study by Pike Research sees sales of natural gas vehicles, especially trucks and tractor-trailers, to increase by 15% a year for the next six years or so.

In spite of the limited number of LNG stations, just 61 in the US compared to 1,100 CNG stations, Pike expects LNG truck sales to increase faster than CNG truck sales.

This is good news for fleet operators and environmentalists, since natural gas isn’t only cheaper, but has fewer emissions than gasoline or diesel. “NG vehicles emit substantially lower levels of GHGs, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxide than either gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks and buses,” says senior research analyst Dave Hurst.

“What’s more, compared to diesel engines, natural gas provides a financial benefit. In most cases, the higher incremental cost of an NG vehicle is typically recovered, due to lower fuel costs, within two to seven years,” the study says.

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Ben has been a Master Automobile Technician for over ten years, certified by ASE, Toyota, and Lexus. He specialized in electronic systems and hybrid technology. Branching out now, as a Professional Freelance Writer, he specializes in research and writing about his main area of interest, Automotive Technology, Alternative Fuels, and Concept Vehicles.



 @Hink241 Developing more fossil-fuel vehicles, though, isn't really the direction that I think we should be going. Yes, it's there, and yes, it's slightly cleaner, but is still a major greenhouse gas emitter.