Natural Gas Vehicles
Using natural gas instead of gasoline or diesel to power vehicles is a low-cost, low-emissions solution for reducing our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and urban smog. Natural gas-powered vehicles (NGVs) in use today are helping to improve air quality by displacing petroleum-powered cars, vans, trucks and buses which contribute about three fourths of the carbon dioxide pollution found in urban areas. In 2008, use of NGVs displaced almost 300 million gallons of petroleum use in the U.S. Increasing the use of natural gas, an abundant domestic resource, as a transportation fuel, is a national security imperative 70% of the oil consumed by the U.S. is imported.
AGA Viewpoint and Advocacy
AGA Viewpoint on Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel - Natural gas vehicles are a proven way to improve air quality, while reducing the United States dependence on foreign oil.
New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011 (NAT GAS Act)
AGA Statements and Comments Filed
- AGA-ANGA Comments on EPA Greenhouse Gas Proposal for Trucks (January 2011): These comments urge EPA to allow for the HD Rule's compliance methodology to include the upstream GHG emission benefits of natural gas.
- AGA-ANGA Comments on NHTSA Fuel Economy Standards for Trucks (January 2011): These comments note that the NHTSA's HD Rule should include the NGV multiplier Congress mandated for light-duty vehicles.
- AGA-ANGA Comments on EPA Clean Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Engine Conversions (July 2010): These comments support EPA's then-proposed rule to streamline the process for obtaining certifications allowing the conversion of vehicles and engines to run on natural gas.
- EPA Clean Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Engine Conversions, Final Rule: EPA Website on Alternative Fuel Conversion
- AGA Statement before the Energy and Environment Subcommittee Hearing (April 2010)
- AGA Statement for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing (March 2010)
- Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel Presentation (September 2009)
Increased national interest in the development, operation and use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as an alternative vehicle fuel creates the need for an expanded CNG vehicle refueling infrastructure. The Drive Natural Gas Initiative s Infrastructure Committee developed this primer to help those interested in pursuing CNG development. Drawing on the collective knowledge and experience of the members of this committee, the guide will be a helpful resource to prospective station owner/operators, fleet managers, and those involved in the conversion and maintenance of natural gas vehicles.
Anyone with an interest in learning more about CNG infrastructure should consider taking a look at this guide.
The Natural Gas Fleet Savings Calculator is a spreadsheet based, total cost of ownership evaluation tool designed to help fleet owners conduct a preliminary analysis of the total costs associated with converting a fleet, or part of a fleet, to natural gas. It comes pre-loaded with the current numbers for natural gas vehicle availability and cost, but it is also fully customizable for fleet managers to input the parameters that best describe the kind of vehicles they use, and how they use them.
Fleet Management: Utility Experiences
Funding For NGV Projects
Clean Cities Program
Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Program (VET), designed to curb the consumption of petroleum in the transportation industry. Clean Cities advances the use of alternative fuels and vehicles in a number of applications such as school buses, transit buses, airport vehicles, taxis and delivery fleets. The program expands key infrastructure partnerships and promotes advanced technologies to the general public.
$300 million in recovery act funds have been announced for the Clean Cities program. Funding requests must be submitted by state, local government or a metropolitan transportation authority AND a designated Clean Cities organization.
- DOE Announces Clean Cities Award Winners
- Clean Cities DOE Fact Sheet
- Clean Cities Coalition Locations
- Clean Cities Coordinators by State
- Clean Cities Grant Solicitation: DE-PS26-09NT01236-04
- Clean Cities News: Official Publication of the Clean Cities Program
Other Funding Opportunities
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emission Reduction Program
- Federal Transit Administration Capital Expenditure
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG)
- U.S. General Services Administration Federal Fleet Acquisitions
NGV News and Information
- Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica)
- US GasVehicles.com
- Green Fleet Magazine, Natural Gas
- CNG Now
- NGV Global News
- California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership
- Natural Gas Vehicle Institute
- DOE Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (Natural Gas Fleet Experiences)
- Fleets and Fuels
NGV Resources and Publications
- TIAX Natural Gas Vehicle Market Analysis
- Energy Policy - Clean & Green. NGVs: Progress on an Uphill Road: A report published by BAIRD which provides the policy context for natural gas vehicles along with current benefits and programs, list of key participants in the natural gas vehicles industry, economic benefits and much more information and resources pertaining to natural gas vehicles.
AGA Contact: Kathryn Clay at (202) 824-7122 or firstname.lastname@example.org