Natural Gas


Natural Gas accounts for roughly a quarter of the energy used in the United States.

What is Natural Gas?

Natural gas is an odorless, nontoxic, gaseous mixture of hydrocarbons, primarily composed of methane. Because of this composition, natural gas must be stored on a vehicle as either a compressed gas or in a liquefied state. CNG is most commonly held at 3600 psi while LNG is cooled and store in insulated tanks at -260 degrees Fahrenheit.

How is Natural Gas produced and distributed?

Natural Gas is drawn from wells or extracted during crude oil production. The United States has a vast natural gas distribution system which helps efficiently distribute natural gas throughout most of the lower 48 states.

How much supply of Natural Gas does the United States hold?

The U.S. has the largest natural gas reserves in the entire world. Current estimations project the supply to be capable of supporting vehicles for the next 100 years. With the advancement in technology and discovery of new shale reservoirs, this estimate only continues to grow.

Is Natural Gas Safe for Vehicles?

Yes. NGV’s (Natural Gas Vehicles) meet the same safety standards as both gasoline and diesel vehicles. The tanks that natural gas is stored in are strong and puncture resistant. Because natural gas has a more narrow flammability range and is lighter than air, it is able to dissipate quickly if released.

Where can I learn more about natural gas?
www.ngvamerica.org
www.wicleancities.org
www.afdc.energy.gov



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