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Natural-Gas Vehicles: Honda, Chevy Are 'Neglected Stepchild' Among Green Cars

Natural-Gas Vehicles: Honda, Chevy Are 'Neglected Stepchild' Among Green Cars

Diesels seem likely to gain U.S. market share in light trucks and SUVs, hybrids are at least holding their own, and of course sales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily. Wait...are we missing a green-car technology? As an article in The Los Angeles Times points out, natural-gas powered... read more

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2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

Is A $500 Garage Fueling Appliance The Missing Link For Natural-Gas Cars?

In some ways, natural-gas cars are hampered by their own form of range anxiety. The high-pressure tanks necessary to hold enough fuel to drive 200 miles or more take up many... read more November 3, 2013 by 


 
Tata Nano CNG emax unveiled.

Tata Nano CNG Emax: India's Most Fuel-Efficient, Least-Polluting Car

What is it they say about big things and small packages? A new version of the Tata Nano--the world's cheapest car--was recently unveiled in Ahmedabad, India. The Tata Nano... read more October 9, 2013 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS

2014 Chevrolet Cruze: Gasoline, Diesel, Now Natural Gas (Bi-Fuel Conversion)

Talk about covering your bases. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is already available with gasoline and diesel engines, and soon it will add compressed natural gas (CNG) to its... read more September 29, 2013 by 


 
2014 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Volkswagen To Add Natural-Gas Cars As Well As Diesels, Hybrids?

When it comes to green technology, Volkswagen is hedging its bets. In addition to promoting its line of TDI diesels, the German carmaker is launching hybrids like the Jetta... read more September 12, 2013 by 


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class

Bi-Fuel Mercedes-Benz E-Class Runs On Natural Gas, In Germany

While electric cars get a lot of press, electricity is hardly the only way to power vehicles without using gasoline. Discussion of natural gas as a vehicle fuel is rising... read more August 9, 2013 by  6


 
Natural-gas vehicle prototypes, Los Angeles, May 2013 - group shot at Playa del Rey storage field

Senate Bill Boosts CAFE Ratings For Natural-Gas Vehicles With Gasoline Backup

A new bill in the U.S. Senate would amend Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules to encourage production of a new class of natural-gas vehicles with "reserve" gasoline tanks... read more July 31, 2013 by  6


 
Natural-gas vehicle prototypes, Los Angeles, May 2013 - gasoline & natural-gas fillers in gas door

'Add Natural Gas' Ad Campaign To Promote New Type Of Cars

On Tuesday, six prototype cars powered by natural gas for their first 60 or so miles and by gasoline thereafter were unveiled in Washington, D.C. Now, the natural-gas... read more June 27, 2013 by  16


 
Natural-gas vehicle prototypes, Los Angeles, May 2013 - group shot at Playa del Rey storage field

Prototype Natural-Gas Vehicles Use Gasoline As Range Extender

To date, natural-gas vehicles have come with significant compromises. The high-pressure tanks that hold enough compressed natural gas to run 200 miles or more take up many... read more June 25, 2013 by  22


 
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

Do Electric And Natural-Gas Cars Compete Against Each Other?

We've been thinking a lot about natural-gas fueled vehicles, for reasons that will become clear in due course. Writing about green cars can occasionally be awkward, because... read more May 22, 2013 by  20


 
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, El Segundo, CA, Nov 2011

State Governors Ask For Natural-Gas Cars, Industry Listens

Last week, governors of more than 20 states joined together to ask the auto industry for a specific kind of car: a mid-size sedan powered by natural gas, rather than... read more August 10, 2012 by  7


 
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, El Segundo, CA, Nov 2011

'Strong Case' For Natural-Gas Car Research, National Lab Says

A government-funded laboratory that helped pioneer the battery technology behind many electric vehicles, including the Chevy Volt, has recently begun to focus on developing... read more June 12, 2012 by  2


 
2013 Ram 2500 HD CNG pickup truck

Ram To Offer Natural-Gas HD Pickup Trucks, Joining Chevy, GMC

We missed it last week while we were covering all the new cars at the Geneva Motor Show, but Chrysler has officially stepped forward into the world of natural-gas vehicles... read more March 12, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD bi-fuel (natural gas & gasoline) pickup truck

2013 Chevy, GMC Natural Gas Bi-Fuel Pickup Trucks Announced

General Motors announced today it will offer bi-fuel versions of its 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks that run either on gasoline or natural gas. The two... read more March 5, 2012 by  3


 
The Magnolia Special. Image: Amy Jett for Bienville Studios

Jay Leno Shows Stunning Hand-Built Natural-Gas Retro Racer

We may be having a natural-gas moment. Next week, we'll test-drive a 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, the only factory-built passenger car sold to retail buyers that runs on... read more November 11, 2011 by  3


 
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

Natural Gas Vehicles Expected To Expand Share, Outside U.S.

Which alternate vehicle or fuel do you know least about? You've almost surely heard about hybrids. You may have seen ethanol, even biodiesel, debated in the news. And if you... read more October 7, 2011 by  4


 
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