Ryder System, Inc. is the first company of its kind in North America to offer CNG trucks for rent, starting in California. The leasing cost for these trucks is compatible with diesel trucks and it offers a cleaner, cheaper fuel alternative. Furthermore, big companies such as PepsiCo's Frito-Lay are leading the way with new CNG fueling stations. Frito-Lay opened a public fueling station in Wisconsin, which is the first of seven planned to open in the U.S. The company plans to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions 50 percent by 2020.
The American Gas Association and America's Natural Gas Alliance unveiled six new bi-fuel vehicle prototypes recently. The vehicles range from the Hyundai Sonata to the BMW-X3 with both gas tanks and CNG 'pony' tanks. The CNG tanks do not take away from the trunk space in the vehicle and they are practically identical to the gas-powered models.
Another form of natural gas similar to CNG is LNG. In fact, the only difference between the two alternative fuels is how it is stored. So how do you know which will be better for your truck? There are a few factors to consider such as vehicle type, usage time, weight, and fuel cost (www.hardworkingtrucks.com).
- CNG is the better natural gas for light to medium-duty trucks or heavy trucks that don't get as much mileage. This is because CNG adds up to four times the weight of diesel which adds to your overall pay-load.
- LNG has a weight and distance advantage because it is lighter, making it more suitable for heavy-duty trucks that don't want a lot of extra added weight. It also takes less time to fill up at the pump with LNG, however less fuel stations are currently available and the shelf life is shorter.
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