Bi-Fuel CNG conversions could make us energy independent from OPEC within 5 years for only a fraction of what we have spent in Iraq to stabilize the Middle East. A $50 Billion investment from the Government and $1 Billion from each state in a readily usable energy source and proven technology is a practical solution for Energy Independence.
To promote Bi-Fuel CNG/Gasoline vehicles as the most immediately viable option for energy independence and to network and engage in strategic partnering to promote business opportunites.
WHY Bi-Fuel CNG/Gasoline Cars ?????
A bi-fuel car has a standard factory gasoline tank which allows normal driving ranges on gasoline and won't leave you stranded. "Dedicated" CNG cars run solely on CNG, and are challenged by thier limited driving range; lack of public refueling stations. Hydrogen fuel cells and electric vehicles aren't practical solutions because of refueling/rechargin challenges, limited range and purchase price. The electric car will not be practical until we expand the power plant infrastructure to handle the electric vehicle power demand.
An immediately viable strategy is to burn CNG for the First50 miles of daily driving from an auxiliary source while not compromising the stock gasoline tank and normal driving ranges for extended trips. To accomplish this, we will use a CNG tank capable of holding the equivalent of 3 gallons of gasoline. These 3 gallons of CNG will replace the car's average daily mileage of 42 miles/day x 365 days = 15,000 miles/ year . When appplied to daily driving, this will reduce a typical commuter's gasoine consumption by at least 50%. Nationally implemented, this reduction could eliminate 8.5 million barrels of imported oil per day and lower our imports from 12 million barrels/day to 6 million barrels, which we can buy 3 million barrels (each) from Canada and Mexico.
Here is why First50 will work:
- National Average commuter drives 42 miles/day = 15,000 miles / year
- First50 eliminates 50% to 75% of the car's avg. daily gasoline usage
- 49 million households are supplied natural gas
- A national pipeline distribution network already exists for natural gas
- Refueling at home would eliminate national need for CNG refueling stations
- Standard range gasoline tank ensures you will not get stranded on long trips
- A 3 gallon equivalent CNG tank can be mounted in the spare tire area of SUV's and pickups and minivans and the spare tire relocated to the bumper.
Here's the math........
250 million passenger cars in the U.S.
49 million households are supplied with natural gas ( www.naturalgas.org/overview/uses_residential.asp)
=75 million cars (@ 1.5 vehicles per household)
= 33% reduction in oil imports and gasoline production
This 33% cuts eliminates US consumption of Middle East, Venezuelan and African oil imports
$2,000 vehicle conversion cost on a 4 year payback plan = $500 per year
$500 / 12 = $42 per month
=$1.25 per day per vehicle
This 3 gallon equivalent supplemental CNG program would significantly improve our gasoline refining shortage from too few refineries and would not require a drastic infrastructure investment for refueling stations since the vehicles would be refueled at home were 49 million homes are already supplied with natural gas; and potentially another 25 million have gas available in the neighborhoods.
Community Banks would originate the $2,000 conversion loans per vehicle guaranteed by a government loan guarantee and collateralized by a lien on the vehicle's title. Therefore, our energy indepenedence would be citizen funded without using $1 actual taxpayer dollar.
Started by amy oconnor. Last reply by Allen R. Gale Jul 30, 2009.