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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

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    I truly apreciate allthe effort being put into new techknowledgy, but from a practical perspective, where am I going to fuel up on natural gas?
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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Aww not even 1 in my state.

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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

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    Aww not even 1 in my state.
    That sucks. One thing's for sure, though. There are helluva lot more CNG stations across the country than there are battery charging stations for electric cars.
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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Natural gas does seem more a sensible alternative than short-range battery.


    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    That sucks. One thing's for sure, though. There are helluva lot more CNG stations across the country than there are battery charging stations for electric cars.
    Lol, there was this news recently about Colorado Springs government adding a battery charging station to a shopping plaza so you could "shop while you charge" or "watch a movie." When I heard about, I couldn't help but think about having to "fuel up" before going somewhere and waiting in line behind someone else for 4 hours while their car charges. The thing can service, what, 5 and a half cars a day?

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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    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?

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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Only the rich had the horsless carrage, but it seem GM is trying to sell this truck to the avarage Joe.

    Hey, Jay Lenno doesn't need my permission to own exotic tech. More power to him.
    The inherent problem is this -- nobody wants to build a bunch of CNG filling stations if there aren't CNG vehicles. No demand = no supply. It seems that (understandably), nobody wants to buy a CNG vehicle if there are no CNG stations. I don't know how to get around that stalemate.

    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.


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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    The inherent problem is this -- nobody wants to build a bunch of CNG filling stations if there aren't CNG vehicles. No demand = no supply. It seems that (understandably), nobody wants to buy a CNG vehicle if there are no CNG stations. I don't know how to get around that stalemate.

    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.
    That's why the U.S. government, state and local governments need to make a commitment to buy these cars. Then the fuel stations will be there.
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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    That's why the U.S. government, state and local governments need to make a commitment to buy these cars. Then the fuel stations will be there.

    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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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    How common are natural gas stations?
    They aren't common at all, but a couple of weeks ago, I stopped at a local gas station to fill up, and noticed they are building a Propane filling station on-site. Really surprised me, but it's a large chain, and I figure they must be expecting NG to pick up in demand if they are going to the expense of installing a station.
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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    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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