By Robert Friedman – VNG’s COO
An “Aha! You heard it here first” moment occurred when I read two articles in the April 4th edition of Automotive News. On page 42 two articles appeared which touched on CNG as providing a true low cost solution to cleaner air. In an article entitled “Former Fiat exec: VW fallout may hurt hybrids,” an Interview with Rinaldo Rinolfi, a former Fiat executive, focused on the impact of the VW diesel scandal on hybrid emissions testing. Rinolfi discusses the scandal’s potential impact on testing hybrids in real-world driving cycles and how that may reduce the appeal for hybrid electric vehicles. In response to “What is the most cost-effective solution?” Rinolfi described natural gas saying “…compressed natural gas is an affordable solution.” Click here to read the article.
A separate article on the same page entitled “Compressed natural gas gains U.S foothold in fleets” focused upon the growth in the use of CNG as a transportation fuel for trucks.” Click here to read the article.
Together these two articles support what VNG has been saying since inception – CNG is the only true low cost solution to cleaner air and vehicle performance. While electric vehicles (EVs) seem to have grabbed the spotlight, recent events such as the VW diesel scandal are serving to demonstrate the value of CNG as a reliable mainstream transportation fuel. Straight out of the box CNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by up to 20% compared to gasoline or diesel. Combined with renewal natural gas, (RNG) the GHG emission reductions can approach 90%!! This exceeds the GHG emission reductions of EVs when upstream power generation GHG emissions are taken into account. And since CNG is domestically available in abundance our country gains security and independence from importing foreign fuel or straining our electric grid for vehicle charging.
So there you have it… compressed natural gas holds potential to be the fuel of choice for fleets with heavy, medium and light duty vehicles. And industry leaders are beginning to beat the drum of the benefits of CNG.”