quote:I was doing some research and stumbled across this site that rent NGV vehicles. Check out the specs on this Honda Civic,,,,,,AR http://www.evrental.com/civicgx.html
Originally posted by Jimbo: No range. 6-8 equivalent gallons is all the Civic holds, even with the tanks taking up all available space. The fuel gauge is almost worthless. Since CNG is not a liquid, there is no fuel level, only pressure. It is only usable in big urban areas, since refuelling stations are so rare. A trip to Las Vegas is out of the question. You need another car for long trips, the same disadvantage as pure electrics.
quote:One of the difficulties with working with CNG is that it is stored at 3,000 to 5,000 psi. You probably wouldn't want a big storage tank at home and it would be difficult to get someone to fill it if you had one. I think you would either need to use existing CNG filling stations or put in a pumping system at home to fill your car from your home natural gas line. Natural gas prices are also somewhat responsive to oil prices, so expect them to climb if the price of oil climbs. The should still be quite a bit less than gas. Multiply the price per therm (100k BTU) of NG by 1.15 to figure out what a gallon of gasoline equivilant energy using NG would cost.
Originally posted by Airborne Ranger: I am still intrigued by CNG systems and I would like to learn as much as I can about them and there maintence requirements. pa04prius- Usually a conversion system ranges from 2-3000 big ones. Your plan does sound like a winner but figure how big of a tank would you need for refueling your car and cost. I would imagine every so often, the nearby gas company or someone comes by and refils your tank??
quote:That is handy. I am currently using a CNG/gasoline dual fuel pickup this week at work. I have used it several times before. It takes up some bed space but it extends the range of the truck considerably. I run the CNG until I run out (200-300 miles depending on conditions, the tanks take half the bed))and then switch to gasoline. The vehicle is easy to fuel the only caution Is to run a tank of gasoline every 60 days to keep that system in good working order. The system isn't perfect. The idle is alittle rougher but it seems to work fine at cruise. I would add a kit to my personal Tacoma if it were economicaly feasable and available. to do the conversion and have a home fueling station. Just for the range it adds. [ August 23, 2005, 04:41 AM: Message edited by: Bryanccfshr ]
Originally posted by MAJA: Heres an interesting idea, from Honda no less. So, it must be a good idea. http://www.autofieldguide.com/dp/auto/newsmonger.cfm?id=969