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  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 29, 2013 7:42 PM Flag

    US carmakers grapple with CNG vehicle demand

    US carmakers grapple with CNG vehicle demand

    By Robert Wright in New York financial times

    US carmakers are struggling to reconcile customers’ growing interest in running vehicles on newly abundant natural gas with the logistical challenges of supplying the technology for the still-niche market, according to senior automotive executives.
    The interest in compressed natural gas vehicles is the result of a gas glut following the shale oil and gas revolution. New drilling techniques have unlocked vast, previously inaccessible gas supplies in shale rocks.

    Normal vehicles can use the plentiful fuel – which produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than petrol or diesel fuel – with the addition of large fuel tanks and minor modifications to the engine. Big customers can sign long-term contracts to buy natural gas at low prices.
    However, Chrysler, smallest of the big three US carmakers, is offering only one vehicle with a CNG fuel option, while General Motors, largest by sales, is offering only a few models.
    Chris Collins, director of advanced power trains for Chrysler, said that Chrysler was confident in CNG’s long-term future as a fuel. While other ma

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