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PurduePete86
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:37:12 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it sold a record 11,600 natural gas vehicles in its 2012 model year, more than triple the number it sold in 2010.

It's the latest sign that natural gas is making inroads as a transportation fuel, particularly for truck fleets, buses and taxis. The consumer market is tougher to crack, but sales are gaining there as well.

Natural gas is cheap and plentiful in the U.S. after a spike in production that began in the middle of last decade. At the same time, the price of gasoline and diesel fuel has jumped more than 30 percent.

That makes natural gas — which also emits fewer greenhouse gases — an increasingly attractive option for truck companies and municipalities.


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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:43:53 PM

These sales must be mostly to fleets for government use.
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:41:38 PM

It's a start, but still not enough to make a dent in my budget for gasoline
streetdesign
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:36:10 AM

Only for larger fleets. Still not much of a supply for consumers.
Bussman
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:59:26 AM

Good.
Amplion
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:26:42 AM

RECIPE FOR MANY MORE DISASTERS !!!!
esq262
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:12:53 PM

Good transition fuel.
kkimes
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:57:01 PM

I think it is a good alternative to gas and electricity. But it won't happen in my lifetime because it will take too many years to build out the needed infrastructure.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:38:14 PM

Good Article.
MINIWINI598
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:29:56 PM

Good for Ford!
rcornel
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:27:27 PM

That's good for them.
jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:02:58 PM

Long time overdue.
Night Owl
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:01:52 PM

Good news. Let's use more of America's and Canada's plentiful supplies of natural gas.
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:54:13 PM

It's a start
LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:14:45 PM

Doesn't mean much as it's not enough.
tnfran
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:23:25 PM

Now for the infrastructure to provide the means of refueling easily.
brbaritone
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:09:06 PM

I will buy one, just as soon as I can find places to fuel it.
fencemanNY
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:05:13 PM

I want a GE home filling station to go with the CNG vehicle. Heaven.
LostInNY
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:02:30 PM

yes, but still need infrastructure to refuel
djwhit
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:23:30 PM

GO NATURAL GAS GO........
voyagerkim
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:02:43 PM

Just don't get hit by a speeding Maseratti!!!
MATTC64
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:44:16 PM

good news
molebaby96
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:43:10 PM

Good.
ErnieK9LO
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:03:37 PM

We need better distribution
Johnny907
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:38:19 PM

Now if they could only make it mainstream for consumers as well.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:32:40 PM

great news
BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:21:43 PM

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gbs1
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:19:09 PM

Lets keep the momentum going.
SVmike
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:09:46 PM

Having a mix of vehicles where some use gasoline, some use NG and some are EVs (also PHEVs) and some are diesel makes any price spikes fewer and smaller
evowner
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:02:03 PM

Just encouragement to ICE technology advocates.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:51:19 PM

more options but no dominance
rjojo40
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:37:58 PM

My only concern, Is Natural Gas safe in a rear end collisions? I don't need another pinto, aside from that sounds fantastic for the consumer, a couple extra dollars in the pocket is always a great thing.
YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:25:49 PM

Seems like it is the fleets of businesses, buses, etc. that are making this move. Don't see much happening in the private vehicle market.
gizbo123
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:12:35 PM

When we are hooked on nat gas then price will go up including taxes of coarse.
335d1
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:12:28 PM

Good, a step in the right direction.
Dr Gas
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:55:25 PM

Ummmm,
ALMOST as many sold as Volts the last year!

I think they should come out and say they are going to sell 20% more this year as well!
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:51:03 PM

It's the cost of the vehicle as well as the fuel.
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