CNGCompressed Natural Gas Vehicles

This type of vehicle is becoming very popular in the Omaha-metro area.

Yesterday, I heard that a company was going to purchase three vehicles for local deliveries in the Omaha Area.

The price of natural gas is a fraction of the cost of today’ petroleum costs.

According to the Metropolitan Utilities District website the price breakdown as of April, 2011 is

Unleaded: $3.55

CNG: $1.27

Diesel: $3.83

Propane: $4.22

You can fill-up your vehicle in your garage or at a hand-ful of stations around the city.  In Omaha, O’Daniel Honda is currently the only dealer that offers these vehicles for sale to the public. Other Auto dealers will also be getting into the picture in 2011.  In addition, two free-standing stations will open in June to sell the fuel to the public

The website, defines compressed natural gas as the following: “Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a readily available alternative to gasoline that’s made by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. Consisting mostly of methane, CNG is odorless, colorless and tasteless. It’s drawn from domestically drilled gas wells or in conjunction with crude oil production.”

This technology has been around for a number of years and M.U.D currently operates its vehicles on compressed natural gas.  My neighbor down the street from me has a vehicle. It is a fuel to watch in the coming years and it may make sense for companies that perform a lot of local driving in a day.

Check out these sites and keep informed of this technology.


Picture Source | Seth Sawyers