What is a CNG/Natural Gas Car: Introduction
What if we told you there exists an energy source available to power your car cheaper than gasoline? Further, it is cleaner burning and can be already accessed right outside your home? What if we told you there are abundant supplies of this fuel available right here in the United States, so there’s no need to import it, nor do we have to worry about supplies being cut off by a government hostile to ours?
Further, what if we told you cars have been running on this fuel since 1998; so it’s proven, reliable and absolutely feasible? Would you want to know more about it? Or more importantly, would you want to buy a car that ran on this miraculous fuel?
Well, it’s absolutely true.
The fuel is Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Natural gas, like all petroleum-based fuels, formed from the fossil remains of ancient plants and animals buried deep in the earth. While natural gas gives off a lot of heat and light when it burns, it doesn’t produce smoke because it burns cleaner and hotter than oil-based fuels. The main ingredient in natural gas is methane, which is also produced as a byproduct of the fermentation at landfills.
Yes, garbage dumps also produce this fuel.
Natural gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless. It's drawn from natural gas wells or produced in conjunction with crude oil extraction. Pockets of natural gas typically reside with, or near crude oil deposits. Most natural gas comes from three types of wells: natural gas-and-condensate wells, oil wells, and coal bed methane wells. While vehicles can use natural gas as either a liquid or a gas, most use the gaseous form compressed to pressures above 3,100 pounds per square inch to enable them to carry enough of the fuel to have a decent range.