We’ve all heard the compressed natural gas (CNG) Catch-22: “If there were more vehicles on the road using CNG, fuel stations would be better utilized and more companies would be willing to build and operate them”. Statements like this are frequently countered with the comment that “if there were only more fuel stations available, the number of CNG
vehicles would increase dramatically because people could easily get fuel when and where they need it.”
There is little doubt that increasing the number of both CNG vehicles and fueling stations needs to happen nearly simultaneously in order to achieve the growth of natural gas as a transportation fuel. What might be overlooked however, is the tremendous opportunity this is creating for infrastructure providers. A “snowball effect” begins every time a new CNG
fuel station opens – something which occurred more than 200 times in 2011 and will likely accelerate further this year. But this effect is not present when a vehicle is purchased.
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