Fun Animation Shows Why Natural Gas Tanks Should Be Like Intestines

Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles have been around a while and have had a great deal of success — look at all those NYC Crown Vic cabs adapted to use CNG. Though the fuel is abundant and relatively cheap, one of the biggest limiting factors has always been how to package the bulky cylindrical tanks used to store… » 1/31/13 4:40pm 1/31/13 4:40pm

Ram 2500 CNG Pickup: The Jolly Green Giant

If your goal is to drive a vehicle that has arguably greater environmental friendliness than a Prius, but you want to look like you're driving pretty much the exact opposite of that, you're in luck. For the first time, a North American manufacturer is making a Compressed Natural Gas-powered vehicle right in the… » 3/06/12 9:45am 3/06/12 9:45am

CNG-Powered City Bus Explodes In Thailand, Demonstrates Importance Of…

A city bus explosion at a Bangkok natural gas filling station last week appears to highlight the dangers of responding to higher gas prices with slapdash propulsion conversions. According to records, the formerly diesel-powered bus was converted using a shipment of used parts from China and had not registered with the… » 8/13/08 11:20am 8/13/08 11:20am

BRA GmbH to Unveil Cévennes Turbo-CNG Roadster at Geneva

With everybody flipping out about environmentalism in these post-Inconvenient Truth days, companies far and wide are looking to reinvent the wheel, or more specifically, the engine. That's just what BRA GmbH and its partners, PGO Automobiles and Gasmobil will be looking to do at the upcoming Geneva Auto Salon when… » 2/11/08 9:00am 2/11/08 9:00am

Prince Charles Begins Construction Of World's Largest GTL Plant

Liquid fuel created from natural gas (also known as Gas To Liquid or GTL) burns mighty clean, particularly when compared to icky old sulfur-laden diesel fuel. And after years of planning (and Exxon backing out of the project at the last minute), the government of Qatar and its partner, Shell Oil, broke ground on… » 2/23/07 7:44pm 2/23/07 7:44pm

Are Corn Cakes The Answer To All Of Our Energy Problems?

One of the major problems facing natural gas vehicles is the storage of the gas, which requires high pressure gas in tanks (up to 3,600 lbs psi). This new system involves taking baked corn cobs (which we've all got lying around the house) and turning them into carbon cakes. These mini briquettes are able to hold… » 2/20/07 4:00pm 2/20/07 4:00pm

Mmmm...Thirst-Quenching Motor Fuel! Shell, ExxonMobil Create…

We spend a fair amount of time huffing gasoline, but we've always been a tad afraid to actually drink it, as it's got a reputation for being rather toxic. Luckily for us, Shell and ExxonMobil are starting to put a big push behind GTL, a fuel derived from natural gas that could replace diesel in major metropolitan… » 11/23/05 6:49pm 11/23/05 6:49pm