What are the differences between a hybrid vehicle and a CNG vehicle?
What fuel does your vehicleuse? In the past, this wasn’t even an issue. The answer was always oil.However, with the rise of alternative fuels, the dominance of fossil fuels isunder threat. Recently, two other vehicles using internal combustion engines haveexperienced strong growth: hybrid vehicles and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. When you buy your next vehicle, you’ll be asking yourself a lot ofquestions. Among these: hybrid or natural gas? Do you know what makes themunique? We explain their differences.
The hybrid engine and the compressed natural gas engine: two different energy sources
First,these two types of vehicles don’t use the same energy source to power theirengines. The hybrid vehicle uses several energy sources. Often, it is a mixtureof electricity and oil. CNGvehicles, on the other hand, use compressed natural gas,which consists mainly of methane or biomethane.
A different energy source, a different fueling method
Hybrid vehicles and CNG vehicles are characterized by their specific fueling methods.Typically, plug-in hybrid vehicles use a 240-volt charger. This type of setup is expensive and costs several thousand dollars. Moreover, these chargers can’t be installed everywhere. For example, if you live in a condo, you must apply to your condominium association and there is no guarantee that it will accept the installation, which could put you in trouble. On the other hand, rest areas offer an increasing number of fast charging stations, which can recharge hybrids in a matter of minutes. For their part, CNG-powered vehicles can use suitable commercial stations. Two types of fueling stations are available: fast fueling stations and slow fueling stations. The type of CNG vehicle you choose determines the type of station you use. Although CNG fueling stations are still few in number, there may be one near you. Also, it only takes a few minutes to fill a truck with CNG. On the other hand, a hybrid vehicle can take 3 to 8 hours to recharge.
Vehicles that aren’t designed equally
These two types of vehicles aren’t designed in the same way. Hybrid vehicles are heavier due to the presence of both an electric motor and a gasoline engine. To minimize the impact of this excess weight, car manufacturers sometimes remove soundproofing equipment to lighten the vehicle and improve its energy efficiency. Road noise is more prevalent in a hybrid vehicle, as is the sound of wind. As for CNG vehicles, their gas tanks can be a little larger, but that is all.
EBI Natural Gas: the expertise that sets us apart when it comes to CNG
It is no coincidence that commercial companies choose CNG in favour of hybrids, because in many ways, CNG easily prevails over hybrids. Simple, efficient and effective, CNG vehicles are paving the way for the future. Hybrid or CNG? When you buy your next vehicle, that’s one less question to ask yourself. To learn more about CNG vehicles, contact us.