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At-Home Refueling with compressed natural gas (CNG)?

GasBuddy Blog -- Chesapeake Energy Corp said it is working with General Electric Co and Whirlpool Corp to develop a $500 appliance that will allow natural-gas powered cars to be refueled at their owners' homes.

According to the Wall St. Journal, the effort would be Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake's latest push to promote compressed natural gas as a mainstream fuel and boost its own sales. It is the first attempt at overcoming one of the biggest challenges in putting natural-gas powered cars on the road—convenient refueling.

Just as many consumers are apprehensive about electric vehicles in some part because of the time required to charge batteries and the uncertainty of finding convenient places to re-charge, passenger vehicles fuled by...


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garywa01
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:34:05 PM

it will work in Alberta>
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 5:54:59 AM

mainen: no, it will work if you live close to a station that sells CNG. But you can have a storage tank in your backyard and that can be filled w/ either CNG or LPG.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:54:07 AM

Won't this only work for people who live near a natural gas pipeline? The only other way to obtain the natural gas is to have a storage tank and have it trucked out to them.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 12:01:24 AM

Canuck: that's b/c it's a GB "gods" blog.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 12:00:13 AM

55mpg: you don't have to keep it in your house. You can always have an external storage tank.
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slowtrain
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 5:53:48 PM

Sounds good until natural gas prices skyrocket.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 7:50:58 AM

55 votes?!
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 7:08:45 AM

Why?
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:50:41 AM

Pk
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remay
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:25:44 AM

Give me an incentive to do it, I would really consider converting my Honda Civic!
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:23:11 AM

I have plenty of natural gas, to bad it can't be used in vehicles.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 5:51:13 AM

time will tell how CNG does.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 3:56:56 AM

I do not want CNG in my house.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:45:43 AM

Sad to think of how much energy revolves around & dictates much of our lives!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:23:43 PM

A compressor at $500 sounds a lot better than the $2000-$4000 compressors of a year ago. Hopefully, this price involves only private investment and public funds. Enough of the taxpayer-funded grants, loans and tax-credits.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 2:30:22 PM

Wish there were more options for these vars/trucks
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 2:18:14 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 1:04:36 PM

At-Home Refueling with compressed natural gas (CNG)? $500 for the refill unit sounds like a good price, add to that the cost of installation too. Honda has the Civic GX, a natural gas fuel vehicle. Honda had a refill kit for the home natural gas pipeline and you could refill it up at home but the refill kit from Honda was very expensive, much more than $500, it's now been discontinued. Honda also offers a $3,000 gas card with the purchase of a GX vehicle. The mpg will Not be as good as gasoline, less BTU's and not as much energy as gasoline or diesel fuel. The full article shows a vehicle refueling in the garage, there should be ADEQUATE VENTILATION provided in an enclosed space when this is happening! Add solar panels and wind turbines on the house roof to recharge the battery on that EV or Inbred some people may have.
As more and more vehicles are built to use natural gas OR converted over to natural gas, more natural gas will be used and the price will go up, just like the morning sun. Don't expect natural gas to stay low for very long, the trend for all fuel prices is always up and up more! It does Not matter if you have to heat your house with it either, higher natural gas prices coming. An article on here said that less natural gas is being produced because there is NO profit to keep drilling and producing natural gas.
Big Oil and Big Gas exports fuel and natural gas to other countries that will pay more for it, much more than here. There will be NO price reduction or cheaper prices for fuel or natural gas IN the US, so it does NOT matter how much crude oil or natural gas is produced.
If you are traveling, know where your natural gas refill stations are and plan according. There are many online sites that have CNG refill stations located across the US for people that have to refill their CNG vehicles. Plan your trip with those stations on the route.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:26:19 PM

Ralph Nader and the safety nazis will stop this because it can't be guaranteed to be safe it a (non-union) non-professional handles this hazardous material.
The Enviros will stop this because a (non-union) non-professional may allow some gas to leak into the atmosphere and harm the environment.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:19:07 PM

Could be interesting. . .
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:15:45 PM

Good plan, now we can set up our own station and sell to others when they require a fill up.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:11:35 PM

That could solve some of infrastructure dilemma for people who want to consider getting a CNG vehicle, but there still needs to be CNG filling stations along major highways between cities. Could you take a CNG vehicle to Yellowstone National Park and find ways to refuel along the way? When the answer to that is "yes" I'll consider a CNG vehicle.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:05:09 PM

boom,boom,boom,boom.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:04:48 PM

Sounds good.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:02:03 PM

I like this very much, hope my neighbors don't start filling up in my driveway when i am at work!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:01:52 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:00:43 PM

good idea
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:00:28 PM

at home fueling sounds good but its eazy to lose track of how much we use
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:58:49 AM

look at back to the future movie. What about using our garbage for fuel?...Now that's a BIG JOKE!!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:58:06 AM

Sounds expensive and dangerous
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:57:31 AM

Still doesn't explain why fleets aren't converting to CNG when they can refuel in the same place each day (either at their home base or a local CNG fuel center).
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:55:26 AM

Everyone needs a complete gas station in their garage, don't they? And when we're traveling and need more fuel (because VERY few places will fill your car with CNG), we can just stop at someone else's garage, I guess! As for how the govt will collect road use taxes... think "OnStar". Ford has their version incorporated in Sync, too. Don't know about the others. One of these days, they'll just send you a quarterly bill. Just don't expect gasoline prices to go down when that happens: they won't!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:55:25 AM

Good deal and how much is this going to cost us
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:55:18 AM

Old news
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:52:54 AM

Sounds good. That is, as long as the neighbors aren't doing it...
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:50:21 AM

Shouldn't be hard to accomplish
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:49:42 AM

Great idea. Now let's make some vehicles that use natural gas.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:47:41 AM

sounds interesting, hope it works
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:46:57 AM

Get on with it!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:45:26 AM

Ancient News! Get with the program!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:44:46 AM

Opps, I smell a gas leak..........
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:42:17 AM

They better make it idiot proof!!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:41:58 AM

good idea
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:41:55 AM

Good add on value.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:40:46 AM

Like
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:37:50 AM

They already sell this device in Canada....
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:37:40 AM

Great idea until someone blows up his house.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:37:02 AM

we had this story already
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Keep up the R&D
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:34:16 AM

This sounds like a great idea - the convenience of recharging at home.
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