3 myths about compressed natural gas vehicles debunked
Due to their relative novelty, CNG trucks are still unknown to a large part of the population. This lack of knowledge on the subject leads many people to develop false beliefs about this type of vehicle.
In order to set the record straight, here are 3 myths about compressed natural gas vehicles debunked.
Compressed natural gas vehicles are way more expensive
While it is true to say that the cost of acquiring a heavy truck or bus that uses CNG as fuel is higher than that of a diesel vehicle, the fact remains that when other factors are taken into consideration, this belief falls apart.
However, due in large part to the savings of about 30% on fuel, return on investment is normally achieved after 3 or 4 years of vehicle use.
There are even government programs, such as Écocamionnage, that offer financial compensation to buyers of compressed natural gas vehicles. These measures are used to encourage truck fleet owners to choose greener fuels.
Some roads and many types of parking are prohibited for CNG vehicles
Many people believe that compressed natural gas vehicles are barred from using certain roads due to the risk of explosion or fire. While it is true that it is prohibited to drive through certain tunnels or parking lots with certain hazardous products or materials, this type of regulation does not apply to CNG vehicles.
In fact, the tank containing the pressurized fuel is designed to withstand severe impacts and is generally even stronger than a conventional gasoline tank. This is why owners of compressed natural gas trucks or cars can safely drive through tunnels and access underground parking lots.
CNG fueling stations are hard to come by
With an increasingly extensive network of public stations, this statement will soon become a myth. Regions such as Montreal and Lanaudiere already have their own compressed natural gas fueling stations. In addition, given the growing popularity of light and mid-size vehicles operating on CNG, it is not surprising that several other stations will gradually be implemented to meet market needs.
It is also worth considering that some CNG trucks can travel up to 800 km before having to refuel. This gives the driver ample time to plan his next refill.
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