Natural Gas Vehicles
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’s primary business, as a natural gas distribution company, is to deliver natural gas safely and reliably to our customers and communities. We do not build or install commercial or personal fueling stations.
If you are looking to build a commercial fueling station, you may contact your local Clean Cities organization for help in selecting a contractor. Please contact us to determine if natural gas is available to your proposed station location. You may contact one of our New Business representatives at 888-639-4270 or submit our refueling station request to find out if natural gas is available.
A natural gas vehicle is one that runs primarily on natural gas instead of gasoline or diesel fuel. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that worldwide, there are more than 15.2 natural gas vehicles in use today. Approximately 153,000 are on the road in the U.S., and many of these are used in commercial applications.
Natural gas is the cleanest and most abundant fossil fuel. It is produced domestically and provides millions of Americans with jobs. With a renewed focus on the environment, natural gas is emerging as an economically and environmentally-beneficial alternative to gasoline:
It’s cost effective.
Natural gas costs are less than either gasoline or diesel. Natural gas vehicles cost less to maintain, are available commercially or through retrofitting and public fueling locations are growing by more than 10 percent per year.
Vehicles fueled with natural gas can dramatically reduce carbon monoxide emissions, reactive hydrocarbons, and carbon dioxide emissions – the principal greenhouse gas (GHG). It’s efficient.
When you use natural gas, 90 percent of what is delivered is considered useful energy.
It’s abundant and domestic.
According to the American Gas Association, most of the natural gas used in the United States is domestically produced.
Cars, trucks, vans and buses can be converted to run on natural gas. A wide variety of businesses in the transportation industry, including delivery services, waste haulers, taxi companies and school districts now operate natural gas vehicles in many locations across the country.