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Gas prices drive interest in CNG

The Spectrum -- Business professor Dan Allen commutes from his Washington City home to his job at Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah in Price each week.

It means he is particularly sensitive to the price of gasoline advertised at stations along the nearly 600-mile round trip.

That’s why he did a double-take a few years ago as he drove past an alternative fuel station in his gas-guzzling, V8-powered pickup.

“About four years ago, I just kept driving past this gas station in Price. The sign said fuel was 67 cents a gallon,” Allen said. “It was just incomprehensible to me that something could be that cheap.”

The station was one of several throughout the state that offers compressed natural gas, or CNG, as a non-petroleum option for vehicles that are equipped to run on it. After learning more a


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 6:03:34 AM

blupup: Honda's Civic CNG is a low cost version. Though not a hybrid from what I understand.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:29:40 AM

Gas prices drive interest in CNG? As more and more vehicles, trucks or buses 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.
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.
More refineries is Not the answer, keep the exported fuel and natural gas here.
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. With more natural gas trucks, truck stops will have or install CNG refueling pumps to take care of them. So cars and pickups can refuel at those same natural gas pumps too.
If CNG vehicles are 'bombs,' then why aren't gasoline vehicles bombs also with their 10 to 20 gallons of highly flammable liquid fuel in the fuel tanks. Gasoline vehilces have crashed, caught on fire and exploded too! DUH!
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!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 1:38:52 AM

An inexpensive CNG/gasoline hybrid would be nice.
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:50:39 AM

It would be nice if the bifuel ¾ ton pickups being offered by Chrysler, Ford and GM sell well enough to convince the manufacturers to expand the bifuel concept to their crew cab offerings in addition to the extended cab coming out this model year. A ¾ ton bifuel 4x4 crew cab pickup with a 6.5 foot bed would be of great interest to us. The GM bifuel offering has a 650 mile range which is a big plus as well.

If you are interested in seeing if any CNG stations are near you, check out the website below and click on the fuel pump icon to see a national map of where there are public CNG fueling stations currently.

www.cngnow.com
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UpSol7
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:05:03 AM

with a 600 mile weekly commute, perhaps a V8 powered gas guzzler was a poor choice for a business professor
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cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:03:03 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:01:46 AM

Interesting
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:58:31 PM

Care to elaborate, @suzmar. Natural gas has much less energy contained in it than gasoline. That's why CNG-powered vehicles have less power than one that runs on gasoline.

Meanwhile, EVs also have better acceleration than CNG-powered vehicles. EVs also can be charged up from any old electrical outlet. CNG stations are few and far between. Also, CNG vehicles have much less range than gasoline vehicles. Drive a CNG vehicle with less than 1/4 tank and you risk getting stranded.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:56:19 PM

I'm interested all right
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:55:48 PM

Ok
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gilfarm
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:54:50 PM

Interesting idea!
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:54:38 PM

The lack of CNG stations is a concern. Half of them are not open to the public.
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:52:29 PM

CNG has my interest. BUT must be available meaning infrastructure as in filling stations must exist on a widespread basis.

Also the fuel must remain affordable.
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TTQuattro
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:51:01 PM

ok
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suzmar
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:45:54 PM

CNG is practical and a better alternative than electric.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:45:53 PM

the easy oil is gone
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:45:03 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:43:47 PM

At about 10% the cost on a BTU basis it is a no brainer.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:40:02 PM

about time
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:39:29 PM

"Drill, baby, drill!" is the same as "Export, baby, export!" in Big Oil's eyes, @sickhp.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:38:09 PM

The article said that this truck runs on both gas and CNG, @abacus44.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:37:26 PM

Really, @GNo1? I think Big Oil is the enemy of cheap energy. That's why they're so quick to export all of our fuel out of this country and onto the global market, where it demands top dollar.
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abacus44
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:36:30 PM

How about cars that can run on either.
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DrLyon
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:36:29 PM

Get the costs down on all forms of fueling....
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gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:27:16 PM

It's a great thing but not a easy flip to it.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:24:57 PM

I'm sure,as soon as more people will become dependent on those CNG powered cars the price of CNG will jump up just like diesel.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:24:45 PM

Tough sell in a car...
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:24:24 PM

Gee, try moving closer...
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:21:24 PM

That is a long commute even for Texas. No wonder he wants to use natural gas.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:12:58 PM

true statement, lets build this CNG vehicles now!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:10:53 PM

Not something I believe is viable right now.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:09:42 PM

bring it on
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:08:27 PM

we need to use more cng
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:08:00 PM

wonderful
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kiss4afrog
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:07:51 PM

Or don't drill, don't destroy the water quality of the wells people need to survive in those rural areas and get serious about electric.
No matter how much more we drill it will always be the short sighted approach as sooner or later it will run out. It's cleaner but we are still burning a limited resource. That, or once it's so hard and expensive to get to it will make electricity cheaper. I own a 454 chevy powered Madza RX7 so I'm in no hurry to give up gas it's just for most of us a daily electric commuter wouldn't really have any limitations. I want to tell OPEC to shove it, I just want to do it with something really clean and renewable that we own.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:06:59 PM

All for innovation!
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:06:36 PM

not for me
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:04:00 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:02:13 PM

Genious
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shadow_knows
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:01:46 PM

Actually - compressed air is even better.

In Italy:

http://www.mdi.lu/english/
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:59:20 PM

If you can use it, more power to you...
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Tekkersmom57
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:55:25 PM

CNG could possibly be the way of the future!
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:54:12 PM

Not for me, too dangerous...
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:53:29 PM

Good! CNG is good alternative
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sickhp
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:46:34 PM

Drill baby drill in all of America and tell OPEC to go pound sand.
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warlord1
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:45:28 PM

Sounds interesting if it is true.
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30mpg80
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:40:46 PM

Gee, ya think so?
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:40:19 PM

A 600-mile round trip? That's nuts!
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:38:33 PM

If I can fuel up at home. It's a good idea.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:38:07 PM

I wonder if they'll let you drive through tunnels with this fuel...??
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