America has an abundant supply of natural gas and it will be a viable and growing alternative to oil. Today, there are about 110,000 vehicles running on natural gas in the U.S. Most of these natural gas powered vehicles are in the light-duty commercial area such as city buses, for example.
Vehicle use of natural gas is positioned to soar in coming years as new fields are being tapped and driving the price of natural gas to rock bottom levels. Natural gas really is a cheaper alternative. Engines that burn compressed natural gas cost less to operate than oil-powered models. Truckers are eager to switch to liquefied natural gas because it produces the same power as big diesel engines at about $1.50 less per gallon.