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Advantages of natural gas cars in buzz for electrics

Though two times as many natural gas will be on the road at year’s end plug-ins, the federal government is heavily in electric technology


McGuire, uses the quick connection to fill up her natural gas Honda Civic at home in (Tribune, Abel Uribe)

By 123,600 natural gas vehicles be on U.S. roads, compared 65,500 plug-in vehicles, Research’s Smart Transportation estimates.

Some experts whether the U.S. chose the technology to support.

Hindsight is 20-20, said Christopher the William Barton Rogers of Energy Economics at the Massachusetts of Technology Sloan School of The drop in natural gas prices up an interesting issue, which is, technology do we want to put our money

Right now, the money is electric vehicles, but that change.

In February, the Obama proposed that the plug-in tax be increased to $10,000 from and extended to other alternative vehicles, including natural It’s a change experts say make natural gas-fueled far more price competitive. In to demand from motorists, the Civic Natural Gas car is being in showrooms nationwide for the first since it was introduced in 1998.

month, the Department of Energy, a promoter of electric vehicles, $30 million in research and development aimed at reducing the costs of natural gas vehicles and building gas filling stations. Several including Lisle-based Navistar have announced massive station buildouts along truck routes that be available to the public.

The interest in plug-ins traces to at 2008, when gasoline seemed headed to $5 a gallon.

The year the federal government $2 billion in Recovery Act dollars for of batteries and other components for vehicles and another $400 to build a charging infrastructure. The of Energy pitched in with billion in loans to Nissan, and Fisker to support plug-in

In addition, consumers were into buying electrics a tax credit of up to $7,500.

While there is no federal tax for natural gas vehicles, some have offered incentives. In for instance, buyers of natural gas receive a credit of up to $4,000. A Civic Natural Gas is priced $5,650 more than a Civic EX.

The vehicles are less than electric vehicles. The Focus Electric is priced above the gasoline version.

gas vehicles just don’t the cost challenges that vehicles do. You don’t need same level of incentive, Dave Hurst, a senior analyst at Pike Research, studies the electric and natural gas markets. I think the more question is, why aren’t there incentives on the infrastructure side for gas?

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So far, public fueling for natural gas vehicles have not the same support as charging although some dollars flowed to companies vowing to public access.

In some it’s pretty similar to the we’re seeing on the electric front, Hurst said. infrastructure lead the vehicles, or vehicles lead the infrastructure?

To sales of its new line of natural heavy-duty trucks, Navistar is with California-based Clean Fuels, which will 150 natural gas fueling stations, all of will be available to the public.

estimates 1,358 natural gas stations will be available in the by the end of the year, about half of private. That number is 1 percent of the 100,000 charging that Pike estimates be up and running at year-end.

Why the discrepancy in stations serving versus gas vehicles?

Natural gas makers for years have on business owners and fleet not average consumers, said

Electric vehicles are more to the consumer market, he said. But you start getting into medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, is never going to be a great for those. Those vehicles use a amount of fuel and (get) a couple of miles per gallon.

In natural gas filling stations, require expensive compressors and highly reinforced storage are costly to build, roughly to $1.5 million, compared $200,000 to $400,000 for a traditional station or $50,000 for the most charging stations.

The hunger for natural gas vehicles has put in an enviable position. It offers the sedan that’s sold as a gas vehicle.

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