Natural Gas Vehicle Basics

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Natural gas powers about 175,000 U.S. vehicles and more than 23 million vehicles worldwide [1]. Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are a good choice for high-mileage (high fuel-use) fleets - such as buses, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, and refuse vehicles - that are centrally fueled or operate within a limited area or along a route with natural gas fueling stations. The advantages of natural gas as an alternative fuel include its domestic production, established distribution network, relatively low cost, and emissions benefits.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5400-75736


  • AFDC
  • Alternative Fuels Data Center
  • buses
  • Clean Cities
  • fuel
  • fueling
  • infrastructure
  • natural gas
  • natural gas vehicle
  • NGV
  • refuse
  • trucks


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