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Future of Nat Gas Vehicles Stalls
09 Apr 2012 EDT - CNBC.com
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It is a common question: “Why don’t the automakers sell more cars and trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG)?”

With nat gas at its lowest price in years (down 48 percent last year) while gasoline moves up above $4 a gallon, more people are interested in driving a nat gas vehicle. But look around, and you will find few for sale and only a few more on the road.

Why?

Blame it on the lack of infrastructure. There are so few nat gas pumps open to the public across the United States, auto executives fear the public’s desire to buy a nat gas powered vehicles will be limited at best. After all, why would some people buy a CNG car/truck if there are only a handful of places nearby to re-fuel that vehicle.

Consider this. There are more than 157,000 service stations in the U.S. with gasoline pumps.

This is why you see gas stations on seemingly every corner in suburban America. By comparison, there are just 505 stations that sell compressed natural gas to the public. In fact, there are six states that do not have a single CNG pump.

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