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States Ask Detroit: 'Build Us A Natural Gas Car, Please'

WYPR News -- More than 20 state governors are taking an unusual step to boost the natural gas vehicle industry. Independent of the federal government, they're asking Detroit carmakers to build them a new kind of car: a midsize sedan that runs on compressed natural gas instead of gasoline.

The governors are hoping to boost demand for natural gas cars with their collective buying power. Combined, the states say they could ultimately buy thousands of CNG vehicles to replace their current vehicle fleets — if those cars were available.

Only a few kinds of vehicles currently run on compressed natural gas in the U.S., and only one, the CNG Honda Civic, is a passenger car. Detroit currently offers no natural gas-fueled passenger cars.


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Submitted Aug 04, 2012 By: leemun
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stopforgas
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2012 10:48:18 PM

Please do!
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sydb7
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ok
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gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2012 5:51:41 AM

What's taking so long. You a purchase all the stuff to convert a gasoline engine to run on CNG so why won't they just build them at the factory.
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:34:32 PM

Yeah, but no taxpayer money.
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Point__man
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:22:35 PM

who do they propose foots the bill for the power stations for the electric cars they wanted ; if they scrap that project and move on to natural gas products. After answering that one, whose gona pay for the new natural gas distribution system. Whoops, I forgot; eventually all we have to do is run water from our faucets to get natural gas in our homes. Guess we just need to know how to get it from the faucet to the tank in our cars ;)
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:20:31 PM

ok
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Bleeder
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:20:04 PM

We need the infrastructure to support it.
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:19:15 PM

How about a NG Jet Ski?
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:18:57 PM

Would be good...
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Zonk
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:18:15 PM

Good idea but, not new.
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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:13:38 PM

Increase the need for N. Gas, then the price will corresponding increase. Gasoline does not fuel the furnaces of N. America; Natural gas in probably the major residential heating fuel; probably rightfully so; right where it is needed.
Natural gas, probably the same outcome as propane; power resulting from these gases are not as powerful as gasoline and not as effective in colder climates.
Careful in what you wish for, as it may not be the panacea for the ultimate fuel.
It states, 20 state governors; curious if they are all from the southern states.

[Edited by: CdnLynx at 8/5/2012 12:15:10 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:13:28 PM

about time
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:13:08 PM

CNG has possibilities
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:13:06 PM

Get the infrastructure in place or the consumer will not be interested.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:12:45 PM

This would only be good for fleet vehicles that stay within a particular area and can fill up in their pool area. There still isn't a viable infrastructure to support these vehicles as yet.
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To probedude2: lego is probably one of those enlightened people (champion authors) who post yeah, right, ok, really or fascinating
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Really, are they going to listen, for real.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:06:52 PM

Need more CNG stations to be made available to the public.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:05:30 PM

We have CNG stations here in Las Vegas as we have a number of delivery vehicles using that as well as some private cars.
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Is that all Lego ever says?
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Fascinating.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:55:35 PM

We still need the infrastructure to support the cars.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:55:17 PM

I definitely agree with Comprof!!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:54:46 PM

TIME WILL TELL!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:53:54 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:50:12 PM

Early efforts to market CNG cars to U.S. consumers flopped, so natural gas producers have a lot to gain if the effort to jump-start the industry drives up demand for the gas."

I can't believe the above statement! When did they try to market CNG cars? Only the Honda Civic and I can't travel 27 miles to the dealer to get gas. I heard the Dodge Ram has a truck on CNG came out in July but have never seen one yet in my area, and where is the fill up stations?
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:47:53 PM

The more demand for CNG using vehicles the higher CNG prices will be - soon approaching the level of gasoline.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:44:08 PM

I'm sure if everyone started using natural gas vehicles, its price would go up just like gasoline has.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:42:25 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:41:53 PM

Souds good to me but I would rather see a program to cheaply convert existing vehicles to natural gas.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:41:42 PM

Hell yeah!!
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:37:11 PM

sounds like a good idea
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:36:51 PM

Great idea - Boone Pickens is right.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:36:51 PM

Build the infrastructure first then the cars will come.
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Thanks for posting this article!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:32:34 PM

Short-term fix. Need non-fossil fuels!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:30:52 PM

If the state governments can get these vehicles rolling then the infrastructure would follow. Sounds good in theory.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:30:24 PM


It’s a chicken-and-egg thing. CNG vehicles are not practical until the support infrastructure is available but no one wants to install the fueling stations, etc., until there are vehicles to use them.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:29:49 PM

Can't be much more complicated than engines that have been running on propane for years. Just get the fueling stations in place.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:29:40 PM

We have a large fleet (actually several) using NG here in Nevada and we have stations as well, though not widely advertised.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:27:17 PM

Its amazing they have to go ask for something that makes so much sense.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:26:30 PM

The Obama administration doesn't care about CNG, only the electric vehicles. Detroit has to keep Washington satisfied to keep the dollars coming.
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Just one of many things needed...
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:25:47 PM

State governments are much more in-tune with reality than the losers we have in Washington.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:20:06 PM

I've been saying that for a long time. Another reason why Detroit is struggling.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:19:07 PM

ok
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build it!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:16:06 PM

I add my voice... please build the infrastructure.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:13:13 PM

How about some diesel engine choices as well.
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