“We hope these groundbreaking NGVs will excite consumers and generate discussion among energy policymakers and auto manufacturers about the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas for consumer vehicles,” said Dennis Arriola, president and chief operating officer for SoCalGas. “Together with our national partners, we want people to think about a future where not only buses, refuse haulers and trucks are fueled by CNG, but where individuals can also own a personal NGV.”
The ‘Add Natural Gas’ campaign is a collaboration between America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and the American Gas Association (AGA), and also aims to highlight a potential role for natural gas home refueling appliances, which connect to a home’s existing natural gas line. Such appliances would make NGV ownership more convenient and reliable for consumers by improving access to refueling infrastructure.
The six vehicles were modified by engineering service providers and natural gas up-fitters to run on natural gas or gasoline. They employ bifuel powertrains that can transition seamlessly between gasoline and natural gas, as demanded by driving conditions and fuel levels. “We believe consumers will be excited by the possibility of using natural gas to power the vehicles they love,” said Marty Durbin, president & CEO ANGA.