The pros and cons of owning a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicle are part of what should be considered if you’re someone who is looking into possibly purchasing one of these alternative green vehicles.
CNG vehicles burn Compressed Natural Gas, a cheaper option for running a vehicle than standard gasoline. They generally are the same vehicles as gasoline burning vehicles but function with natural gas.
I am a Dodge Caravan CNG vehicle owner and find that I really love the gas prices I pay, however, the fact that I have to plan when I get fill my tank isn’t always fun, especially if I’m not going to be driving near a CNG provider. In the following paragraphs, I’ve compiled a few of my discoveries regarding the pros and cons of owning a CNG vehicle.
My CNG vehicle is half the cost to run compared to my Toyota that I previously owned prior to it. Who wouldn’t love that aspect of owning a CNG vehicle? It’s not bad on mileage either, coming in a 22 miles per GGE, (Gas Gallon Equivalent). Love this part for sure.
As a clean vehicle you can take pride in knowing that you’re contributing to the green movement by running CNG rather than gasoline. I’m happy about that too.
There are a lot more providers for CNG than there were in the recent past, so it’s becoming easier and easier to obtain CNG fuel than it was.However even though there are more options for getting CNG, be sure not to let your fuel supply become too depleted, and plan your fill up trip accordingly to avoid being towed.
Plan Your Trips
As a CNG vehicle owner you’ll have to come to terms with the fact that you can’t just set out on whatever trip or vacation you’d like to. You have to consider refueling capability or you’ll end up stranded and being towed somewhere. Not always fun, but I’m willing to search out these stops to pay half the price for my fuel.
Keep in mind that as a CNG vehicle owner you’ll need to scout out locations that are in route of your destinations. Do your research finding CNG providers online ahead of time and you shouldn’t have a problem, and always fill up before you get too much below the half way mark on your fuel gauge.
Be aware of the fact that your CNG vehicle’s tank is usually smaller than the vehicles that run on gasoline. Mine is only a nine gallon tank, so you burn through it a lot quicker. Not my favorite aspect of owning a CNG vehicle, but again, it’s all about what you’re willing to do.
Source: Personal Experience