Gas prices climb upward vehicle owners are looking for an alternative fuel. Natural gas is abundant, cheap than oil and gas. Car owners to enjoy the low prices of natural gas over oil and gas have to convert their car to use natural gas. There many technological and legal hurdles involved in converting a car to run on natural gas on them being upfront cost being too high.
Costing thousands of dollars upfront, so is it worth it? After visiting a shop doing the CNG- compressednatural gas conversion and here is the story behind the process.
Why natural gas over oil and gas?
We have been using natural gas in our homes for ageneration. We use it to run water heaters, home furnace, stoves, and cloth dryers among other appliances. Natural gas as afuel is 24% of the total energy consumptions national wide and 1% in the residential applications.
In September 2015 drilling down new fracking technique was being used to tap domestic reserves that were both economically viable in the past. There is a vast global supply of natural gas over oil and gas projected to last well into the next century even if we all use it rather than gasoline.
In a properly tuned engine, natural gas combustion can deliver up to 29% lower carbon emissions thus equivalent to 25% greenhouse gases reduction compared to the cleanest gasoline engines. Its doe’s damage is existing catalytic converter system of the engine.
Why not put this stuff in our cars?
There are a few technological barriers to overcome in the quest to change to thenatural gas engine of gas and oil. Converting an existing car to burn natural gas is not challenging, but if you tried to do yourself, you would be running afoul of the Clean Air Act’s rule for themodifying fuel system. This a violation that would cost you over $5000 in fines for each day you have been driving a converted vehicle.
The only way to green your car today is hiring a certified compressed-natural-gas installer to get it done.
What new after conversion?
Your will invest in a new fuel tank and alittle bit of tinkering with fuel injectors. Natural gas is always delivered across the country to millions of homes, but how will an ideal car distribution network work. This the biggest headache facing natural gas vehicles over oil and gas.
Consider, home natural gas has to be delivered at a0.5 psi, vehicle natural gas needs to be pressurised to 36 psi, thus if you want to use the CNG in your car you will also need a compressor. Don’t forget that the National Fire and Protection Authority has banned compressed gas storage in homes. This mean the stand-alone multistage compressor pump need to hook up to the vehicle tank, to fill it directly.
This will be leading to fueling times up to 22 hours, which is longer that home charging times for electric vehicles.
Although it is a pain to fuel CNG cars, all the same,it is worth it. Natural gas ranges from 79 cents to $1.50 for an equivalent gasoline gallon of fuel. There is indeed a huge saving over gas and oilconsidering CNG cars get the same and better fuel economy per Btu due to the higher octane rating of natural gas.