- mattnzParticipant@mattnzJoin Date: 2007Post Count: 574
I recently received an email advising that US is about to pass a bill to encourage Americans to convert cars to natural gas.
You can see the bill here http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr1380ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr1380ih.pdf
The theory is that US is fast running out of oil and they have significant reserves of natural gas. Internationally, we are already past peak oil. Expect all vehicles in the US in the next 10-20 years to be produced with natural gas as the fuel.
You can imagine the impact this will have in Australia too, with Holden and Ford factories which export to USA and with the abundance of natural gas in Australia, I can see us following suit.
Places like Karratha, Port Hedland and Gladstone will soon be like the middle east for vehicle fuels, let the good times rollmattnzParticipant@mattnzJoin Date: 2007Post Count: 574
Fedex are testing LNG powered trucks in USA now http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/11/01/fedex-freight-debuts-new-lng-tractors-in-dallas/FreckleBlocked@freckleJoin Date: 2012Post Count: 1,680
Both Aus and NZ have been down this path several times (with LPG) and usually with subsidies to encourage conversion. Seems to be a fad thing depending on the price of fuel.
They already run trucks on a diesel gas mix that improves efficiency. They even installed their own gas filling points to facilitate it in the outback. Mitchell's have been doing it since 2009. Yanks are a bit behind the times.Tysonboss1Participant@tysonboss1Join Date: 2007Post Count: 306
The electrification of the transport system is the next big thing, most of the car companies agree that its not if but when this becomes a major thing,BennyteeParticipant@ten_burnerJoin Date: 2006Post Count: 243
catinthehat, I agree with you, also I am skeptical of the Co2 benefits of everyone driving electric cars in a country like Australia, where 74% of our electricity comes from Coal power. The more electric cars on the road the more Coal we need to burn, go figure.