Will your next car be powered by natural gas?
That’s up to you.
More and more people are making that choice, proponents of using the fuel to power our nation’s transportation system say. "Business is booming,” said Tom Sewell, president of Tulsa Gas Technologies.
Before 2005 and the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, there was steady business for the company, particularly in parts of the world outside the U.S., where using natural gas to power vehicles is a way of life. Since then, though, "our phones have been ringing non-stop” from potential U.S. customers who worry about escalating prices for gasoline and diesel fuels, Sewell said.
"Even today, with those fuels getting cheaper, everyone still knows that something simple like a misspoken word in the news or a terrorist attack or a weather event can make fuel costs go up overnight,” he said.
"And natural gas is just not as volatile as the oil market can be. We have tremendous reserves, just look at what Chesapeake’s booked alone.”
Sewell’s Tulsa Gas Technologies has built fueling systems around the world, including one that handles 8,500 buses a day in New Delhi, India. The use of natural gas to power vehicles — even privately-owned ones — is widespread in Iran, in Venezuela, in Bolivia and in Columbia, he said.
"Those governments are making people go to natural gas. That’s because every gallon of gasoline they can’t use is a gallon of gasoline they can’t sell.