|Natural gas is the most
environmentally acceptable and economic alternative fuel
for Americas cars, trucks, and buses. Today, over 85,000
natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the United States are
already operating safely, cleanly, efficiently, and
economically. Intermountain Gas Company operates 115
natural gas-fueled sedans, pickups, and service vans,
placing our fleet in the top 15% of all utilities in
North America in terms of percentage of company vehicles
powered by natural gas.
Natural gas has a number of advantages
over other transportation fuels: it burns more cleanly;
it costs less; it has a proven safety record; and it is
an abundant and secure energy source, with about 99% of
the U.S. supply coming from North America. Engines last
longer, and maintenance intervals can be extended. The
use of natural gas is especially ideal for the nations
13 million fleet vehicles, many of which can return to
the same location each night for refueling.
Most of the NGVs used in the U.S. are
used as fleet vehicles. For example, an increasing
number of transit agencies are replacing diesel buses
with natural gas transit buses. The first public transit
system to replace its entire fleet with NGVs was
Californias SunLine Transit Agency, whose 40 buses
service the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area southeast
of Los Angeles.
Our own Boise, Idaho began converting
its Boise Urban Stages, now Valley Ride, fleet to
natural gas power in 1993. Today, Valley Ride has over
35 natural gas coaches, making up the majority of the
fleet. Intermountain Gas Company was instrumental in
helping Valley Ride with developing the fueling facility
for its ever-growing natural gas bus fleet.
The U.S. Postal Service operates the
nations largest fleet of natural gas vehicles, with more
than 7,000. United Parcel Service operates the largest
private fleet of NGVs, with almost 700 package delivery
vans fueled with natural gas. Utilities, airport shuttle
services, taxi companies, and police departments also
operate large fleets of natural gas vehicles.
All Intermountain Gas Company customers
interested using compressed natural gas to fuel private
or business vehicles must purchase and install their own
Want to learn more about Natural
Gas Vehicles? Visit the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
website at: http://www.ngvc.org/.