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PostHeaderIcon Five Questions to Ask Before Natural Gas Conversion

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Considering natural gas conversion of your vehicle? With the Honda GX the only dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle available to consumers, the only other recourse if you’re anxious to run a natural gas car is to convert your conventional model to a CNG-fueled one using a natural gas conversion kit.But is CNG natural gas conversion a good choice for you? Here are five basic questions to ask before going too far down the natural gas conversion path

1. Is a natural gas fueling station conveniently located near you?

While consumer pressure on elected officials may lead to a greater number of CNG fueling stations popping up down the road, the harsh reality is that there aren’t a lot of natural gas fueling options available for public use today. For example, while California has over 100 public fueling stations, fewer than a dozen remaining states have more than 10 and many states have no public CNG fueling stations at all. The U.S. Department of Energy can provide detailed information on fueling options closest to your location. You may also want to look into the cost and feasibility of fueling your natural gas conversion vehicle at home.

2. What incentives are available if you undertake natural gas conversion?

While proponents of natural gas conversion often state that the investment can be returned as soon as six months, be sure you understand all federal and state incentives applicable to your situation in order to recoup your cost of investment. Again, the U.S. Department of Energy can provide you with a list of current incentives, both state and federal, that may come into play.

3. Are you prepared for the red tape of natural gas conversion?

While the EPA recently streamlined the process for converted vehicles to meet certain emissions requirements, you should understand what is expected before making the decision to undertake natural gas conversion. Historically, the EPA has required more stringent emissions testing following studies in the mid-1990s that showed natural gas and propane vehicles actually produced worse emissions following natural gas conversion than their conventional cousins. It’s also possible that your converted vehicle will need to be safety-crash tested and certified to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and/or other National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations.

4. Does your vehicle qualify for natural gas conversion?

Only a limited number of U.S. vehicles are currently certified for CNG conversion. You’ll want to check with an approved natural gas conversion specialist in your area to learn if your vehicle will even qualify.

5. Is an approved natural gas conversion specialist available in your area?

The EPA refers to a vehicle converter as a “small volume manufacturer.” The vehicle converter holds the Certificate of Conformity. If you intend to convert your vehicle to CNG, you’ll need to go through a company or organization associated with a certificate holder. The natural gas conversion will need to be done by a licensed technician associated with the certificate holder. Responsibility over proper installation and emission requirements belongs to the certificate holder. In order to ensure you are in compliance with regulations and meet certification requirements, look to a professional who is an approved natural gas conversion specialist to do the job. In the Muskegon area your natural gas conversion specialist is located at Kelly Auto Electric. Contact us with your make and model and start you journey towards a more fuel efficient life style.

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