Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Maybe It's Too Obvious?

T. Boone Picken's plan to divert the natural gas (NG) used for electricity generation to fuel vehicles requires a supply of NG-powered vehicles, and NG refueling stations. There do exist a limited number stations (even a home-based refueling system), providing for the corporate NG vehicle fleets. What is astonishing is how the major automakers have cut their North American NG vehicle development efforts in the last few years, despite rising gasoline prices. Ford has cashed out of this business; apparently GM has no NG vehicles in the works for North America. Only Honda is offering a NG-powered passenger vehicle, the Civic GX-NG, in the United States.

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