Natural Gas Basics

Erik Nelsen

Research output: NRELBrochure


Natural gas powers about 150,000 vehicles in the United States and roughly 22 million vehicles worldwide. Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are a good choice for high-mileage fleets -- such as buses, taxis, and refuse vehicles -- that are centrally fueled or operate within a limited area or along a route with natural gas fueling stations. This brochure highlights the advantages of natural gas as an alternative fuel, including its domestic availability, established distribution network, relatively low cost, and emissions benefits.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BR-5400-65737

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102016-4853


  • alternative fuel
  • clean cities
  • CNG
  • heavy-duty
  • light-duty
  • liquefied natural gas
  • LNG
  • medium-duty
  • natural gas
  • renewable natural gas
  • RNG


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