Monday, April 18, 2011

Chrysler's 2017 Natural Gas Promise

It has been confirmed that Chrysler is actively developing vehicles powered by compressed natural gas. The brand hopes to be producing Natural-Gas Vehicles, (NGV's) by 2017.

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Cars that use natural gas are more cost-efficient than their electric counterparts and if a recently introduced bill passes, natural gas could be even more appealing to car companies.

The new Natural Gas Bill currently residing in Congress, would allow the government to reward companies that produce natural-gas vehicles. This would be much like the credit system that is in place for electric vehicles.

Natural-gas vehicles may be somewhat of a novelty stateside, but in other countries, such as Brazil, India and Iran, as much as 2% of vehicles use natural gas.

The United States recently passed Russia as the largest producer of natural gas, although most of that resource goes toward heat and electricity for our homes. Not surprising then, the biggest roadblock with natural gas, as a potentially popular fuel source, is the lack of basic infrastructure throughout our country. There are over 100,000 vehicles powered by natural gas on America's roads today, but the majority of them are fueled at private fleet facilities that have access to their own natural gas infrastructure.

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