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Natural gas drillers target US truck, bus market

Mercury News -- SCRANTON, Pa. -- If the trash truck or bus rolling down your street seems a little quieter these days, you're not imagining things. It's probably running on natural gas.

Surging gas production has led the drilling industry to seek out new markets for its product, and energy companies, increasingly, are setting their sights on the transportation sector.

Touting natural gas as a cheaper, cleaner-burning alternative to gasoline and diesel, drillers, public utilities and government officials are trying to boost demand for natural gas buses, taxis, shuttles, delivery trucks and heavy-duty work vehicles of all sorts, while simultaneously encouraging development of the fueling infrastructure that will be needed to keep them running.

The economics are compelling. Natural gas costs


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remay
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 5:41:25 AM

Yes! It makes sense to use more abundant resources for the real "hogs" of fuel...
nomad228
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 11:22:29 PM

i still think all new vehicles shoul dbe made to run off of at least three power/fuel/energy sources when needed. say for exaample liquified me-thane as the main source,naturla gas as the secondary and electric generated from the brake system for an emergency. blah blah blah means but all these corprations will only push one instead of all to be used.all because of greed or stupidity.
camel1
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 11:00:12 PM

good market for natural gas
vibdata
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:59:47 PM

Any port in a storm.
MacDad614
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:57:55 PM

Quieter? NOT!
OGW
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:55:42 PM

There is nothing new here. We had buses and cabs and delivery vehicles running on natural gas 15 years ago and it did not work out well for business and now our filling stations have all closed down because industry found out that natural gas is not a good or reliable vehicle fuel and especially during the colder months of the year. For heating homes and businesses it is great but not in vehicles.
HoBuddy2012
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:54:01 PM

good
Bleeder
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:53:29 PM

Whatever will help us out. Let's do it.
Kawibiker
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:53:29 PM

everyone will most likely pay
nztyraider
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:53:29 PM

Make them rich.
DEG
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:45:54 PM

Whatever. That doesn't impress me.
s6sputnik
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:44:09 PM

Great
movietracker
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:43:34 PM

Yet consumers will pay for this
nomad228
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:41:04 PM

and? guess who is going to pay for all these new upgraded natural gas vehicinals. : ) you /me/U.S.....exactly their trying to create a monopoly and the gov'ment is helping them do it.......in the end your heating bills will be skyrocketing as they make excuse after excuse to increase fees for the same reasons big earl is doing right now.plants shutting down,break downs in production,drop in supplies,so and so on.retrofitting supply lines,upgrading supply lines,storage facilities that are old being replaced. blah blah blah means they are not doing it for the welfare(just for out health) of U.S. all.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:39:18 PM

git r done
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:35:33 PM

I'm waiting for affordable hydrogen fuel cells.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:34:46 PM

Killer.
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:34:23 PM

we need to use more cng
clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:29:27 PM

I saw a delivery truck the other day - big sign on side said it was powered by natural gas.

It is happening. I hope prices don't spike and make it unaffordable.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:29:01 PM

The drillers are targeting consumers too?
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:26:27 PM

it will take time.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:23:49 PM

This makes a lot of sense. EVs are not ready for prime time. CNG can be the interim solution.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:23:37 PM

NG is good for fleet-type vehicles.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:20:45 PM

dhan for cheap gas
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:20:15 PM

Not a bad idea
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:19:15 PM

YES they are noisy aren't they???
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:18:52 PM

The only factory-made, natural gas-powered passenger car available to U.S. consumers is the Honda Civic Natural Gas. While Honda expects sales to top 2,000 this year, that's a fraction of the number of gasoline-powered Civics it moves in a single month."

There are other vehicles being added to the Honda Civic GX that burn natural gas. Chrysler offered up the Dodge Ram 2500 pick up truck supposed to be out in July didn't get offered to the public until fall. There is also a Silverado I understand, a Chevrolet by GM.

Build the vehicles and the stations will follow. You can't expect a station to go in business before there is a demand for their survices.
I visited a Chrysler dealer to see their Dodge Ram pick up and they didn't have one or any literature to show me. How long does it take?
paulydel
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:15:29 PM

Great Idea.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:14:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:11:16 PM

Only way to go better is to establish a hydrogen highway across the country the country to do even better.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:09:57 PM

We would like to see more.
Wildman14
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:09:29 PM

Wow. Buses in the DC are used to run on CNG ten to fifteen years ago. wonder what happened to all of them?
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:09:25 PM

It is happening in our company right now.
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:08:58 PM

Hmmm...
hcivic
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:07:25 PM

its the way to go
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:06:35 PM

Oh my.
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Just keep BO and barackanomics out of it!
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:04:39 PM

Good news.
serrog
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:04:09 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:02:13 PM

Ft. Worth has had CNG city buses since 1990, don't know why more fleets don't use CNG.
indyjim
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:00:50 PM

What's the ROI?
BurkeDevlin
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:59:34 PM

Thanks
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:59:19 PM

Smart move. I hope they pass on some savings to their customers.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:59:07 PM

I think this is a good idea
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:57:59 PM

A good place to start.
30mpg80
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:57:52 PM

Go for it, natural gas is best for fleet vehicles
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:56:08 PM

Best place to start.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:53:22 PM

More and more natural gas is coming.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:50:03 PM

Sounds good
WIWalt
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:49:59 PM

they are out there
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:47:54 PM

seen some already
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