Describe the state of alternative fuels.
In today’s vehicle landscape, the continued focus on reducing carbon emissions and enhancing fuel efficiency has led to viable alternative fuel technologies for most – but not all – vehicle classes.
Alternative fuel options for the light-duty segment have lagged behind those available for the heavy-duty and passenger car segments. Electrification is well suited to small-platform vehicles like passenger cars and compressed natural gas (CNG) is applied mostly on heavy-duty applications like transit buses and refuse trucks. Historically, options for large light-duty vehicles (LDVs) like pickup trucks, vans and SUVs have fallen short because the infrastructure, performance and economics of electrification and/or CNG prove to be challenging – particularly in the areas of weight, cost and usability.
Now, both natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) have emerged as a vehicle fuel solution that is simple, readily available and affordable for LDVs like pickup trucks. Through a distributed appliance model, LDVs are beginning to leverage ANG vehicle technology, which costs less, is more efficient and is even more environmentally friendly than CNG and electric alternatives.
What types of vehicles are ideal for ANG technology?
ANG technology is ideal for fleets with access to natural gas but without economies of scale to support the investment in high-pressure CNG infrastructure.
What are the potential savings for using ANG?
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) alternative fuel price report shows fuel savings for natural gas users can be up to $2.50 per gasoline-gallon equivalent (GGE) compared to conventional gasoline.
Is natural gas safe to use as a vehicle fuel?
Yes, it’s used in almost 30 million vehicles throughout the world.
What is the vehicle GHG reduction using natural gas or renewable natural gas?
According to Natural Gas Vehicles of America, vehicles using natural gas have 20% lower GHG emissions and those using renewable natural gas have 80 – 130% lower emissions compared to gasoline.
What kind of driving range to ANG vehicles get?
The single ANG cylinder on ANG-powered vehicles has a capacity of 6 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) and has been designed to maximize the daily use of natural gas or RNG by providing enough range for a typical daily commute. If the ANG tank is empty, the vehicle seamlessly switches to gasoline and will run on gasoline until the ANG tank is refueled.
Where can the fueling appliance be installed?
Low-pressure ANG fueling appliances can be installed at any location with access to natural gas, such as an office, fleet yard, plant or home. The fueling appliance enables easy on-site fueling, enabling greater fleet productivity.
Can the fueling appliance be redeployed?
Yes. The fueling appliance is small and can be easily redeployed in a new location if needed.