I come from the South Eastern Region of Europe, Kosovo to be exact, been living here for 15 years and recently became a US Citizen.
Every time I go to visit Kosovo I am reminded how much more expensive a gallon of gas costs over there.
This is why most of the people there drive diesel cars with smaller engines.
However, in the last 5 years, natural gas vehicles have increased in numbers.
These are not factory made natural gas vehicles, but professionally installed Natural Gas Conversion kits that make these vehicles run on Natural Gas.
Now, most expensive, dealer installation there costs about 2,000-3,000 Euros, most expensive that is.
Usually anywhere from 1,500-1,800 Euros is what one pays for one of these kits.
I tried to find a local shop in the whole state of Oklahoma
and I could only find one in Tulsa
for a cost of $11,000 - $12,000.
I think that there is a niche in this market to convert cars to CNG.
Why not give people a choice?
I can understand that going after fleets might make more $ sense in the short term, but you really want to reach the daily driver.
With more conversions, more fuel stations will accommodate CNG refill stations, or open new ones.
Here is a great article written in 1990 by the Department of Natural Resources director T. Michael French:
At that time a barrel of oil was only $22, so think about how much sense it makes to convert to CNG now.
Again at that time it may have not maid sense for a vehicle driving 300 miles/week to convert to CNG. But that was at a 0.80/gallon gas, now it’s 2.50/gallon.
That same vehicle runs 15,600 miles per year at an average of 15miles/gallon that is 1,040 gallons per year times $2.50 per gallon equals $2,600.
CNG would be half as much, assuming same miles/gallon. So a cost of about $3,000,
what I think should be fair, coupled with a 30% tax credit incentive, should
break even in less than 2 years.
- Vehicle CNG conversion at a reasonable cost at the most $3,000
- Tax credit incentive
- Break even time less than 2 years
- Doubling your MPG for you gas guzzler (some trucks are at 8-10MPG)
- Helping the Environment
- Creating Jobs in this market