The Truth About Cars » CNG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Honda Civic Hybrid, CNG and Accord Plug-In Hybrid Models Get the Axe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/honda-civic-hybrid-cng-and-accord-plug-in-hybrid-models-get-the-axe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/honda-civic-hybrid-cng-and-accord-plug-in-hybrid-models-get-the-axe/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:58:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1092913 UPDATE: Clarification on CR-Z at bottom. Honda is doing a bit of late spring cleaning as it looks to get its hybrid house in order. The automaker announced production of the Civic CNG has ended and multiple hybrid models will soon get the axe. Honda isn’t abandoning hybrid technology, however, as John Mendel, Executive Vice President, […]

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UPDATE: Clarification on CR-Z at bottom. Honda is doing a bit of late spring cleaning as it looks to get its hybrid house in order. The automaker announced production of the Civic CNG has ended and multiple hybrid models will soon get the axe. Honda isn’t abandoning hybrid technology, however, as John Mendel, Executive Vice President, […]

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Chevrolet, Honda Give CNG Passenger Cars Another Chance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chevrolet-honda-give-cng-passenger-cars-another-chance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chevrolet-honda-give-cng-passenger-cars-another-chance/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=915178 Aside from a few trucks, some taxis and a fair number of buses, natural gas doesn’t receive a lot of play in the alternative energy game in comparison to darlings such as electric power and hydrogen. Despite this condition, Chevrolet and Honda are both ready to push natural gas onto commuters and efficiency-minded consumers alike. […]

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Aside from a few trucks, some taxis and a fair number of buses, natural gas doesn’t receive a lot of play in the alternative energy game in comparison to darlings such as electric power and hydrogen. Despite this condition, Chevrolet and Honda are both ready to push natural gas onto commuters and efficiency-minded consumers alike. […]

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Michigan Performance Company Takes To Crowdfunding For CNG Mustang Concept http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/michigan-performance-company-takes-to-crowdfunding-for-cng-mustang-concept/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/michigan-performance-company-takes-to-crowdfunding-for-cng-mustang-concept/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=826265 Crowdfunding has been used to deliver financing to projects ranging from fashion collections and film productions, to food trucks and the occasional work that ends up bombing while investors are left holding nothing (not even the bag their were promised as a gift for investing). This project may be a success or failure, but if […]

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Crowdfunding has been used to deliver financing to projects ranging from fashion collections and film productions, to food trucks and the occasional work that ends up bombing while investors are left holding nothing (not even the bag their were promised as a gift for investing). This project may be a success or failure, but if […]

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2015 Chevy Silverado HD Goes Green With CNG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/2015-chevy-silverado-hd-goes-green-with-cng/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/2015-chevy-silverado-hd-goes-green-with-cng/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:03:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=736329 In the ongoing battle in Green Valley below Truck Mountain, Chevrolet has unleashed a CNG conversion kit for both 2500 and 3500 variants of the 2015 Silverado HD. The kit allows the Silverado HD to run either compressed natural gas or gasoline at the flick of a switch, with the 6-liter V8 under the bonnet […]

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In the ongoing battle in Green Valley below Truck Mountain, Chevrolet has unleashed a CNG conversion kit for both 2500 and 3500 variants of the 2015 Silverado HD. The kit allows the Silverado HD to run either compressed natural gas or gasoline at the flick of a switch, with the 6-liter V8 under the bonnet […]

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2014 Honda Civic Hybrid On Sale Across U.S., CNG Civic to be Offered in 37 States http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/2014-honda-civic-hybrid-on-sale-across-u-s-cng-civic-to-be-offered-in-37-states/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/2014-honda-civic-hybrid-on-sale-across-u-s-cng-civic-to-be-offered-in-37-states/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:30:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=733393 Honda has announced that the hybrid gas-electric version of the 2014 Civic is now available across the United States and that later this month the compressed natural gas powered Civic will join the lineup in 37 states. The hybrid is rated by the EPA at 44/47/45 city/highway/combined miles per gallon while the CNG Civic is […]

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Honda has announced that the hybrid gas-electric version of the 2014 Civic is now available across the United States and that later this month the compressed natural gas powered Civic will join the lineup in 37 states. The hybrid is rated by the EPA at 44/47/45 city/highway/combined miles per gallon while the CNG Civic is […]

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2013 Tokyo Motor Show: Mazda Goes Forward With CNG, Hybrids, Diesels http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/2013-tokyo-motor-show-mazda-goes-forward-with-cng-hybrids-diesels/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/2013-tokyo-motor-show-mazda-goes-forward-with-cng-hybrids-diesels/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:24:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=656506 Last week,  Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said that the company had no plans for a production Wankel rotary anytime in the near future, though the company most identified with the engine that goes “hmmmm” will continue to do research on rotaries. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda is showing that its future powertrain plans […]

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Last week,  Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said that the company had no plans for a production Wankel rotary anytime in the near future, though the company most identified with the engine that goes “hmmmm” will continue to do research on rotaries. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda is showing that its future powertrain plans […]

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Ford’s Transit Taxi To Connect Passengers Worldwide http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/fords-transit-taxi-to-connect-passengers-worldwide/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/fords-transit-taxi-to-connect-passengers-worldwide/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=631698 With a few successes under Ford’s strap with the American buckle, the Blue Oval made be known its aspirations to go for the world championship belt in ferrying drunk revelers and harried air travelers with their Transit Connect Taxi in its debut in Hong Kong. “Ford Transit Connect Taxi has proven itself in taxi fleets […]

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With a few successes under Ford’s strap with the American buckle, the Blue Oval made be known its aspirations to go for the world championship belt in ferrying drunk revelers and harried air travelers with their Transit Connect Taxi in its debut in Hong Kong. “Ford Transit Connect Taxi has proven itself in taxi fleets […]

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Chevrolet To Offer CNG-Powered Impala http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/chevrolet-to-offer-cng-powered-impala/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/chevrolet-to-offer-cng-powered-impala/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=625929 Looking to take advantage of the natural gas boom currently occurring in America, Chevrolet will market a bi-fuel version of its Impala sedan starting next year. With the ability to run on either gasoline or CNG, the Impala will be offered primarily to fleet customers starting in the summer of 2014. The CNG Impala will […]

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Looking to take advantage of the natural gas boom currently occurring in America, Chevrolet will market a bi-fuel version of its Impala sedan starting next year. With the ability to run on either gasoline or CNG, the Impala will be offered primarily to fleet customers starting in the summer of 2014. The CNG Impala will […]

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Ford F-150 Now Available With CNG/LPG Prep Package, Most Ford Trucks Now Cooking With Gas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/ford-f-150-now-available-with-cnglpg-prep-package-most-ford-trucks-now-cooking-with-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/ford-f-150-now-available-with-cnglpg-prep-package-most-ford-trucks-now-cooking-with-gas/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497807 Starting with the 2014 model year, for the first time Ford will be offering F-150 buyers the option of running on compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas in addition to gasoline. Automotive News reports that interested can spec a F-150 with the 3.7 liter V6 engine, and then receive a factory-installed CNG/LPG prep package […]

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Starting with the 2014 model year, for the first time Ford will be offering F-150 buyers the option of running on compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas in addition to gasoline. Automotive News reports that interested can spec a F-150 with the 3.7 liter V6 engine, and then receive a factory-installed CNG/LPG prep package […]

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Marchionne: CNG Would Kill Our Reliance On Foreign Oil http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/marchionne-cng-would-kill-our-reliance-on-foreign-oil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/marchionne-cng-would-kill-our-reliance-on-foreign-oil/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:57:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465482 Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne finds it “most shocking” that the U.S. auto industry is not throwing its might behind natural gas, which has been found in abundance in the United States: “A rapid adoption of CNG as a fuel source for automotive applications would almost instantly kill the reliance on foreign oil, and […]

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Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne finds it “most shocking” that the U.S. auto industry is not throwing its might behind natural gas, which has been found in abundance in the United States: “A rapid adoption of CNG as a fuel source for automotive applications would almost instantly kill the reliance on foreign oil, and […]

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CNG Developer: Incentives? We Don’t Need No Stinking Incentives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/cng-developer-incentives-we-dont-need-no-incentives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/cng-developer-incentives-we-dont-need-no-incentives/#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2012 18:35:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462636 “We do not need incentives for natural gas technology to drive adoption,” Bill Larkin, CFO of Westport Innovations, a Vancouver-based developer of technology that allows truck and bus engines to run on natural gas, told Reuters in an interview:  “It actually hurts the investment in this technology because the U.S. government has been dangling this […]

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“We do not need incentives for natural gas technology to drive adoption,” Bill Larkin, CFO of Westport Innovations, a Vancouver-based developer of technology that allows truck and bus engines to run on natural gas, told Reuters in an interview:  “It actually hurts the investment in this technology because the U.S. government has been dangling this […]

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States To Carmakers: “CNG! CNG! CNG! CNG!” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/states-to-carmakers-cng-cng-cng-cng/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/states-to-carmakers-cng-cng-cng-cng/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:58:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456127 Cars that use little or no gasoline seem to have a bit of a hard time, no matter how badly people want them. 22 states decided to do something unusual: They tell American carmakers to make natural gas-powered vehicles, and the states will buy them for state fleets.     Yesterday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin […]

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Cars that use little or no gasoline seem to have a bit of a hard time, no matter how badly people want them. 22 states decided to do something unusual: They tell American carmakers to make natural gas-powered vehicles, and the states will buy them for state fleets.     Yesterday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin […]

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Eaton, GE Working On Affordable CNG Home Refueling Stations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/eaton-ge-working-on-affordable-cng-home-refueling-stations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/eaton-ge-working-on-affordable-cng-home-refueling-stations/#comments Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:49:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453875 America may be the world’s up-and-c0ming natural gas producer, but if you have a car powered by CNG, good luck finding a station. CNG terminals are thin on the ground in certain parts of the country, and half of them are closed to the public. While Honda was formerly in partnership with a home refueling […]

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America may be the world’s up-and-c0ming natural gas producer, but if you have a car powered by CNG, good luck finding a station. CNG terminals are thin on the ground in certain parts of the country, and half of them are closed to the public. While Honda was formerly in partnership with a home refueling […]

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General Motors Looking To Cut Engine Lineup By 40 Percent, Add CNG Capability http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/general-motors-looking-to-cut-engine-lineup-by-40-percent-add-cng-capability/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/general-motors-looking-to-cut-engine-lineup-by-40-percent-add-cng-capability/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:14:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450683 GM’s Dan Akerson spoke to the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board on Thursday, and discussed both compressed natural gas capabilities, and the need to streamline powertrains in the post-bankruptcy era. Akerson is looking to reduce the number of engines offered by 40 percent, telling the Tribune “Now that we have gone from eight car brands before […]

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GM’s Dan Akerson spoke to the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board on Thursday, and discussed both compressed natural gas capabilities, and the need to streamline powertrains in the post-bankruptcy era. Akerson is looking to reduce the number of engines offered by 40 percent, telling the Tribune “Now that we have gone from eight car brands before […]

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Ask An Engineer: Natural Gas For Dummies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/ask-an-engineer-natural-gas-for-dummies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/ask-an-engineer-natural-gas-for-dummies/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:49:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450553 Westport Innovations has just signed a second deal with General Motors to produce light duty natural gas engines, and it’s probably not the last time we’ll be seeing these kind of partnerships forming. Natural gas vehicles have been explored previously on TTAC, but the technology hasn’t been fully explored in-depth, aside from some well-informed comments […]

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Westport Innovations has just signed a second deal with General Motors to produce light duty natural gas engines, and it’s probably not the last time we’ll be seeing these kind of partnerships forming. Natural gas vehicles have been explored previously on TTAC, but the technology hasn’t been fully explored in-depth, aside from some well-informed comments […]

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Review: 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-honda-civic-natural-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-honda-civic-natural-gas/#comments Wed, 23 May 2012 16:51:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443940 Since 1998 Honda has been quietly producing one of the cleanest vehicles in America. In 2001 the EPA called its engine “the cleanest burning internal combustion engine in the world.” No, it’s not a hybrid, it’s Honda’s Civic Natural Gas (formerly known as the Civic GX). Until now, the Civic Natural Gas has only been […]

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Since 1998 Honda has been quietly producing one of the cleanest vehicles in America. In 2001 the EPA called its engine “the cleanest burning internal combustion engine in the world.” No, it’s not a hybrid, it’s Honda’s Civic Natural Gas (formerly known as the Civic GX). Until now, the Civic Natural Gas has only been […]

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GM’s Pickup Truck CNG Conversion Costs $11,000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/gms-pickup-truck-cng-conversion-costs-11000/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/gms-pickup-truck-cng-conversion-costs-11000/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:50:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440643 Compressed natural gas may cost the equivalent of $1.89 per gallon of gasoline, but retrofitting your GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado will cost you $11,000 – and GM still think it will save you money. According to GM, “…Customers could save $5,000 to $10,000 over a three-year period, depending on their driving habits.” How GM […]

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Compressed natural gas may cost the equivalent of $1.89 per gallon of gasoline, but retrofitting your GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado will cost you $11,000 – and GM still think it will save you money. According to GM, “…Customers could save $5,000 to $10,000 over a three-year period, depending on their driving habits.” How GM […]

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Hertz To Rent CNG Vehicles, Pilot Program Begins In May http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/hertz-to-rent-cng-vehicles-pilot-program-begins-in-may/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/hertz-to-rent-cng-vehicles-pilot-program-begins-in-may/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:09:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439551   If you’re traveling to Oklahoma City any time soon, Herz will give you the option of renting a Honda Civic or GMC Yukon that runs on Compressed Natural Gas. Renters will be able to select from one of eight Honda Civics or two GMC Yukons that use CNG. The vehicles will have a Hertz […]

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  If you’re traveling to Oklahoma City any time soon, Herz will give you the option of renting a Honda Civic or GMC Yukon that runs on Compressed Natural Gas. Renters will be able to select from one of eight Honda Civics or two GMC Yukons that use CNG. The vehicles will have a Hertz […]

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Low Natural Gas Prices Aren’t Spurring Demand For NGVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/low-natural-gas-prices-arent-spurring-demand-for-ngvs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/low-natural-gas-prices-arent-spurring-demand-for-ngvs/#comments Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:42:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437701 Even with gasoline prices reaching higher and higher, and natural gas prices at decade lows, consumers are doing as little as possible to adopt natural gas vehicles. As investment blog Seeking Alpha found out, the answer isn’t so complex. The issue is of course, a classic chicken-and-egg problem. Looking at fleet customers as an example, […]

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Even with gasoline prices reaching higher and higher, and natural gas prices at decade lows, consumers are doing as little as possible to adopt natural gas vehicles. As investment blog Seeking Alpha found out, the answer isn’t so complex. The issue is of course, a classic chicken-and-egg problem. Looking at fleet customers as an example, […]

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Ford Bets On Ecoboost, Chrysler And GM On Natural Gas For Pickups http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/ford-bets-on-ecoboost-chrysler-and-gm-on-natural-gas-for-pickups/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/ford-bets-on-ecoboost-chrysler-and-gm-on-natural-gas-for-pickups/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:47:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434734 While both General Motors and Chrysler are putting their money on Compressed Natural Gas options for their pickup-truck lineups, Ford is going with pretty much everything but CNG as it examines alternative fuel strategies for future vehicles – and for now, the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 will be the standard bearer for light duty versions of […]

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While both General Motors and Chrysler are putting their money on Compressed Natural Gas options for their pickup-truck lineups, Ford is going with pretty much everything but CNG as it examines alternative fuel strategies for future vehicles – and for now, the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 will be the standard bearer for light duty versions of […]

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Honda Tells Dealers: Build CNG Fueling Stations, And They Will Come http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/honda-tells-dealers-build-cng-fueling-stations-and-they-will-come/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/honda-tells-dealers-build-cng-fueling-stations-and-they-will-come/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2012 19:05:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434458 This is the Honda Civic GX, a vehicle that runs on propane and propane accessories compressed natural gas. Despite the Civic GX’s title as one of America’s “Greenest Vehicles“, the Civic GX is pricey, and CNG refueling stations are few and far between – apparently there are only 830 in the entire United States, with […]

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This is the Honda Civic GX, a vehicle that runs on propane and propane accessories compressed natural gas. Despite the Civic GX’s title as one of America’s “Greenest Vehicles“, the Civic GX is pricey, and CNG refueling stations are few and far between – apparently there are only 830 in the entire United States, with […]

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Will Natural Gas Prevent Us From Reaching A Better Place? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/will-natural-gas-prevent-us-from-reaching-a-better-place/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/will-natural-gas-prevent-us-from-reaching-a-better-place/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:56:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434384 A brief piece in the Wall Street Journal’s “Dealbook” discussed the potential of natural gas powered vehicles, largely as a way to stop falling prices for natural gas. One hope for many natural gas producers reeling from collapsing prices is wider adoption of natural-gas-powered cars. The biggest hurdle so far: lack of infrastructure to refuel […]

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A brief piece in the Wall Street Journal’s “Dealbook” discussed the potential of natural gas powered vehicles, largely as a way to stop falling prices for natural gas. One hope for many natural gas producers reeling from collapsing prices is wider adoption of natural-gas-powered cars. The biggest hurdle so far: lack of infrastructure to refuel […]

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Quote Of The Day: Chrysler’s Fuel Economy Crunch Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/quote-of-the-day-chryslers-fuel-economy-crunch-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/quote-of-the-day-chryslers-fuel-economy-crunch-edition/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:05:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415372 As the automaker that’s least-prepared for upcoming increases in federal fuel economy standards, it was more than a little surprising to find that Fiat’s five year plan for Chrysler did not involve any significant plans for hybrid drivetrain development. But more recently, CEO Sergio Marchionne has said a hybrid Chrysler 300 would be offered in […]

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As the automaker that’s least-prepared for upcoming increases in federal fuel economy standards, it was more than a little surprising to find that Fiat’s five year plan for Chrysler did not involve any significant plans for hybrid drivetrain development. But more recently, CEO Sergio Marchionne has said a hybrid Chrysler 300 would be offered in […]

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Speaking Of All Natural Gas … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/speaking-of-all-natural-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/speaking-of-all-natural-gas/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2011 13:39:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401415 This is the Maxximum G-Force. It holds all kinds of world records. And it runs on all-American natural gas! Something had to be natural in this video …

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This is the Maxximum G-Force. It holds all kinds of world records. And it runs on all-American natural gas! Something had to be natural in this video …

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Will Your Next Car Run On Fracking Gas? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/will-your-next-car-run-on-fracking-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/will-your-next-car-run-on-fracking-gas/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2011 09:31:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401387 For a long time, taxis, trucks, delivery vans have been on the bottle. On a bottle of CNG, or Compressed Natural Gas.  Now, “major automakers like General Motors and Chrysler are gearing up to invest in companies that make engines and parts for vehicles that run on the fuel,” says Reuters. Actually, it doesn’t take […]

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For a long time, taxis, trucks, delivery vans have been on the bottle. On a bottle of CNG, or Compressed Natural Gas.  Now, “major automakers like General Motors and Chrysler are gearing up to invest in companies that make engines and parts for vehicles that run on the fuel,” says Reuters. Actually, it doesn’t take […]

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