Natural gas does seem more a sensible alternative than short-range battery.
Although I would not buy a GM for personal reasons, I applaud this effort. I was wondering when they would switch to this technology, being we have a huge surplus of NG. I have concerns though. How high will this drive up heating cost at home since the demand for NG will go up? In my area NG cost make up the biggest portion of our Energy bill during the winter months.
I like the idea of having the ability to use both NG and Gasoline. In a truck it shouldn't be hard to make room for both since some trucks already have two fuel tanks. The safety issue might be a hurdle due to pressurized tanks being outside the frame. The gas tanks now are made out of plastic and have a smaller chance of fire. The tanks for NG would need to be made of metal to be able to pressurized. Unless it is constructed of Aluminum how will they keep the safety measures in place?
At least this vehicle will run on both. If we can get more vehicles that can do that, maybe the filling stations will start to follow. Another idea would be a big tax credit for gas stations that install a CNG pump to try to stimulate greater availability.
I don't know. When I was a younger person, the school district buses were CNG. The only CNG pump in the area was at the bus garage. I'd suspect that if government bought these vehicles, they'd have their own pump to ensure a supply of fuel, and you'd end up with a similar situation.
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I doubt this vehicle is being marketed to the average consumer, there is nothing in the OP article that says it is, in fact is specifically says the bifuel vehicle is being developed for fleet users with concerns about going solely with CNG.
Pickups Powered By Natural Gas And Gasoline - Albuquerque News Story - KOAT Albuquerque
^this link indicates that the vehicle will be sold to the general public but sales are expected to be driven primarily by fleet sales. The cost differential would make these vehicles unattractive for average joes, unless you buy one for your own home business and drive the hell out of the thing every day.
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