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What Are The Advantages Of Using Gas For Energy, And New Gas Technologies?

What Are The Advantages Of Using Gas For Energy, And New Gas Technologies?

Posted On 02 May, 2014

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Natural gas is among the most discussed options for fuelling future automotive travel. But it’s also contentious, confusing and presently the technology remains in its infancy.

All of these factors make it very tough to accurately judge whether it might one day be worth investing in a gas fuelled or hybrid used car, and even if this were the case, there remain questions surrounding where the gas stations might be, and hence the potential range of the vehicle.

This rather brief discussion of the arguments does skate over the myriad and complex issues surrounding the use of gas in vehicles, but there is one very relevant idea which can’t be ignored. Is there value in developing the costly infrastructure and technology to make gas viable, when the fuel source will one day disappear anyway?

The answer to this is simple; climate change urgently needs action and gas resources, while finite, offer some path towards cleaning up the planet’s environment.

It’s complex. The burning of natural gas does emit damaging pollutants, so it is not as if there is a completely environmentally benign argument to be used when it comes to the consideration of gas as a fuel in vehicles.

The real point is that gas is cleaner than other alternatives, but it will never be completely clean. However a car itself is not completely clean, and on that basis the logical option is to consider ways that can improve automotive impacts, not eliminate them.

And to be honest, that choice is one that largely will come down to the world’s manufacturers. The buying public has a say, but our choices are led. On balance, the chances are gas cars will continue to grow in popularity. In April this year, Turkish bus manufacturer TEMSA recently delivered its first 12-meter Avenue Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to Istanbul Otobüs A.Ş. 

‘The TEMSA Avenue bus is fitted with a Cummins ISL G 300hp engine, roof-mounted composite CNG cylinders and seats 28 with 64 standing. The T350R transmission provides continuous power during each gearshift while engine torque is multiplied at launch enhancing CNG engine performance. As a result, the buses not only accelerate faster but also perform more efficiently.’ reckons ngvglobal.com

Trade technology will quickly drift down into consumer used markets. Then, who knows what the future will hold. In all honesty, gas is not perfect, but it’s much better than a lot of the damaging habits we stick with presently.

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