Consumer interest in natural gas vehicles is growing, according to a recent report from Pike Research. The high cost of oil and the low cost and abundant supply of natural gas has made the markets for light duty natural gas vehicles more attractive to consumers than ever. In the U.S., they are still largely a fleet vehicle due to the lack of a comprehensive natural gas refueling structure.
We previously brought you the story of the governors of Oklahoma and Colorado visiting Detroit to ask for more production of CNG vehicles. NPR reports that 18 other governors have joined them.
Waste Management, the largest waste processing company in the U.S., is building 17 additional compressed natural gas (CNG) stations. Waste Management has already installed 13 this year and has a natural gas fleet that rivals any in North America with 1,700 CNG vehicles. In April, we reported that Waste Management's Chicago recycling fleet would be fueled entirely by natural gas.
Natural gas fueled vehicles can save money-- not just for large corporations like Waste Management but also for states, counties, and municipalities.