Natural-gas vehicles are popular in Europe, but the inexpensive and environmentally friendly fuel has yet to make headway in the United States.
Jacqueline Mitchell - Forbes - Sept. 20, 2008
2009 Honda Civic GX NGV 24/36 mpgUS per the 08 EPA.
What is there not to like? Domestic fuel source, costs less than half what gasoline does to drive the same distance and is by far the cleanest emitting engine available anywhere. -- Ed.
As oil prices rise and car buyers ignore big trucks and SUVs in favor of small cars, Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens calls on the U.S. government to chip away at the country's dependence on foreign oil, in part, by having America's cars run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
While Pickens is heavily invested in natural gas, and stands to gain from such a switch, it isn't just about money for him or for consumers. Although it's a lot cheaper to fill up the tank of a CNG vehicle, auto analysts say, CNG cars are much more environmentally friendly than gas-powered cars, as they can reduce carbon emissions by 10 percent to 20 percent.
But is refueling your car at home by tapping into your house's existing natural gas line a mere pipe dream? (Click here to learn more about 10 natural-gas-powered cars.)