Historically, compressed natural gas has been less expensive than gasoline and diesel. In recent years, the cost of oil has fallen. This has resulted in the price of compressed natural gas, gasoline and diesel being about the same.
Natural gas doesn't contaminate engine oil like petroleum fuels.
Compressed natural gas vehicles are permitted in these lanes with only one occupant. Drivers also enjoy the benefits of reduced bridge tolls during commute hours.
Natural gas is produced domestically in the United States, reducing our dependence on foreign energy supplies.
Tax credits may be available to buyers of new, dedicated alternative fuel vehicles.
Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning alternative fuels available. It does not contaminate lakes, rivers or groundwater as it quickly dissipates into the atmosphere if a leak or spill occurs. Compressed natural gas engines also produce less greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.
Natural gas has set the standard for demonstrating greater and greater emission reductions. In addition, noise emissions from compressed natural gas fuel engines are less intrusive than those from diesel engines.
There are many different compressed natural gas fueling options within PG&E’s service territory: public retail stations, private onsite stations owned by fleet operators, "card lock" stations operated by retailers that require a proprietary card to access the dispensers, and small home refueling units installed at homes and businesses. A refueling station may be installed wherever natural gas is available.
Compressed natural gas vehicles are safe—if not safer—than any gasoline-powered vehicle. There are more than one million compressed natural gas vehicles in use around the world.