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Why You Can’t Convert Your Vehicle to Natural Gas in the United States

February 8th 2010

Overall, there were an estimated 254.4 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States according to a 2007 DOT study. In that same year there were only 110,000 Natural Gas Vehicles in the US. This means that .043 percent of the vehicles in the US are Natural Gas vehicles.  Other countries have converted up to 25 percent their total vehicles to natural gas. Little Bangladesh with only a million vehicles has been able to convert 25 percent of their vehicles to natural gas. It has been an American tradition to solve problems by appointing commissions and forming agencies. Here in the United States we chose to pile NGV (Natural Gas Vehicle) conversions on the “Global Warming” fire as another reason for us to feel guilty for driving our gasoline vehicles. As the EPA revved up their bureaucratic engines and cranked out more ambiguous vague regulations natural gas conversions slowed to a crawl. Even though over the last 15 years there have been at least five car manufacturers selling OEM CNG Vehicles in the United States as of 2010 there is only one OEM natural gas vehicle still in production the Honda Civic GX. There will have to be a paradigm shift in the way the United States looks at the CNG Conversion process in order for it to catch up with Bangladesh, Utah is working putting CNG conversion testing back in the hands of the states and individuals. Maybe the idea of less regulation and more entrepreneurship is a good idea.


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