Natural gas offers clean transportation solutions by running 25% cleaner than vehicles powered by traditional gasoline or diesel. For communities that have an issue with smog, natural gas vehicles reduce smog-producing pollutants by up to 95%.
Embracing greater use of natural gas vehicles also can help advance U.S. energy security, since 70% of the oil our nation imports is used for transportation. The economic appeal isn’t bad, either. Natural gas typically costs about half the price of traditional fuels per gallon equivalent.
Where can we make the biggest difference right now?
By starting with the heaviest and busiest vehicles, like bus and truck fleets. The bigger and busier the vehicle, the greater the benefits of switching to natural gas. That’s why cities from Los Angeles to Boston, Dallas to Washington, DC have significant fleets of natural gas buses. Leading U.S. corporations, from AT&T and Verizon to UPS and Ryder, also are making major commitments to clean natural gas transportation. Consumer options are becoming increasingly available with vehicle manufacturers introducing natural gas-fueled pick-up trucks and sedans.
“We have an abundant domestic supply of low-emission natural gas that can substantially cut our transportation fleet’s impact on the environment…Natural gas is not only cleaner than regular gasoline, it’s also less expensive.”
— Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)