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Natural Gas Trucks, Are They For You?

Jim McCormack

It is our aim, here at Dallas truck deals, to not only offer the best deals in new or used semi trucks but to try to pass on the latest information or stories of interest to those in the trucking profession.   Truckers who have used our services know that there are vehicles for sale that are not only excellent buys but in good condition as well.  Whether to purchase for the first time or to upgrade this is the place to come.

 

There was a previous article regarding Volvo’s plan regarding a Blue Corridor in Europe for truckers.  This consisted of placing blue colored truck stations along regular truck corridors to provide natural gas for trucks, which is much cheaper than diesel.  At this point sufficient money has been accumulated to build this project.  In that article, it was stated that the U.S. should look at this method of discontinuing the use of diesel fuel.

 

 

 

T Boon Pickens, a Texas oil billionaire and a leading advocate for alternate energy, together with other influential people, presented what was called the ‘Pickens Plan’ for using natural gas as an alternative to diesel.  Representative John Larson (D-CT) introduced an Amendment known as the NATGAS Act, to be attached to Transportation Bill 51-47 in March 2012.  Although the vote to approve the amendment was 51-47, the Senate requires 60 votes for a Bill or Amendment to pass so it failed.

Congressman Larson stated, “Natural gas is affordable, abundant, and American.  It costs one-third less to fill up with natural gas than gasoline and we have enough natural gas here at home to meet our energy needs for the next 100 years, which means we can start weaning ourselves off foreign oil today.”

General Motor Company has announced plans to offer bi-fuel in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 pickups.  Chrysler, planning to offer Ram 2500 pickups using this fuel, states that the pickups will have a CNG (compressed natural gas) tank and,  when it runs dry, the vehicle will be able to switch to its regular gas tank.  Kenworth has also built a cement truck using this fuel.  The CNG vehicles can travel 255 miles before switching to gasoline.  Although the Ram can currently be retrofitted at dealerships, there are only 400 public CNG fueling stations in the U.S.

At the current time, natural gas is actually being used in the United States by fleets of buses, garbage haulers, and taxis.  There is one natural gas automobile being used, the Honda Civic GX, known as the NG.  In 13 years of production, approximately 13,000 cars have been sold.

It would appear that this is the answer for truckers and the rest of the public to increase independence and free ourselves from high oil prices.  This fuel is also almost completely free of harmful emissions that are requiring so many add-ons for trucks.