Fleet owners across North America are switching to natural gas for their trucks and buses because of the fuel’s affordability and cleanliness. Here’s what they experience:• Fuel cost savings of up to 30 – 40% per kilometre • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 – 25% • Quieter vehicles providing less noise in urban settings • Lower levels of air pollutants and toxins
And because natural gas vehicles also have the power, torque and fuel consumption characteristics similar to diesel, fleets need not sacrifice the performance they require to carry out their daily tasks.
Natural gas for vehicle use is typically 30 – 40% less expensive than liquid fuels. The savings are due partially to the fact natural gas is a lower-cost commodity, compared to crude oil. This reality coupled with natural gas being exempt from federal and provincial fuel taxes, makes it an unmatched value and a wise business decision.
Using natural gas to fuel vehicles provides several environmental benefits:
• Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced on a total lifecycle basis by 15 – 25% below diesel
• Natural gas-powered vehicles also emit fewer air pollutants
• Smog-related emissions of sulphur dioxide and non-methane hydrocarbons are reduced
But switching doesn’t just spare the environment air pollution but also noise pollution. Natural gas vehicles are quieter than diesel vehicles. In fact, the noise from one diesel bus idling equals the noise from 10 idling natural gas buses. This significant sound reduction benefits fleets, communities and drivers who spend their days behind the wheel.
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