Yes. NGVs are fueled with easy-to-use, pressure-sealed dispensers. Natural gas filling stations can be configured to fuel vehicles at various rates. Time-fill stations fuel vehicles overnight, as opposed to fast-fill stations that fuel NGVs within five minutes.
Is natural gas safe for use in vehicles?
Yes, natural gas vehicles meet the same safety standards as gasoline and diesel vehicles and
also meet the National Fire Protection Association’s 52 Vehicular Fuels System Code. Natural gas
has a narrow flammability range, and because it is lighter than air, dissipates quickly if released.
Compressed natural gas is stored onboard a vehicle in safe, puncture-resistant tanks.
How do natural gas vehicles work?
On the vehicles, natural gas is stored in tanks, usually in the trunk area. A natural gas fuel system transfers high-pressure natural gas from the storage tank to the engine while reducing the pressure of the gas to the operating pressure of the engine’s fuel-management system. The natural gas is injected into the engine intake air the same way gasoline is injected into a gasoline fueled engine. The engine functions the same way as a gasoline engine. The fuel-air mixture is compressed and ignited by a spark plug and the expanding gases produce rotation forces that propel the vehicle.
What are the typical savings when operating a natural gas vehicle?
The Honda Civic GX – NGV that Clearwater Gas operates has a fuel economy of 24 MPG (city) and36 MPG (highway) gasoline equivalent. You may have seen the Clearwater Gas System’s Honda Civic GX - NGV which has advertising painted on it, being driven in this area. It costs the gasoline equivalent of about $2 per gallon to fill. NGV engines generally last longer than gasoline powered engines due to the clean burning fuel which, in turn, keeps the engine oil clean. For garbage trucks, payback is realized in less than two years.
What are the approximate costs for purchasing a natural gas vehicle?
Light-duty NGVs cost $5,000 to $8,000 more than comparable gasoline vehicles, and heavy-duty NGVs cost more than their counterparts by about $25,000 to $30,000. The price depends on the fuel tank capacity and whether the vehicle is produced by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or converted to run on natural gas. However, government incentives are available to off set costs. For more information, visit www.afdc.energy.gov.
What vehicles can the public purchase that use natural gas?
The only light-duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) currently available for purchase in the United States is the Honda Civic GX sedan. However, any existing vehicle can be converted to use natural gas.Fiat, Opel (General Motors), Peugeot, Volkswagen, Toyota and Honda sell NGVs in other countries.See the conversions page at www.afdc.energy.gov, which is the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) for a current list of certified installers.
Where will I find other filling stations if I purchase a natural gas vehicle?
The city’s filling station was the first public/private station in the Tampa Bay area. There is one at Tampa International Airport, Clean Energy Tampa, Trillium Tampa, Gain Clean Feul Tampa, Milton and Ft. Lauderdale.