Pike Research Predicts Huge Increase in CNG Sales by 2016


Edmunds Auto Observer - September 14, 2011

Com­pressed nat­ur­al gas burns clean­er than gaso­line or ethanol, result­ing in low­er green­house-gas emis­sions, but it does not pro­vide a fuel econ­o­my boost over gaso­line. Pike Research reports annu­al glob­al sales of CNG-pro­pelled vehi­cles will jump 68 per­cent to about 3.2 mil­lion vehi­cles in 2016 from about 1.9 mil­lion last year. U.S. annu­al CNG sales are esti­mat­ed to almost quadru­ple to 33,000 vehi­cles in 2016 from about 8,400 in 2012. As of Sept. 1, there were 901 CNG sta­tions and 45 liq­ue­fied nat­ur­al gas (LNG) sta­tions in the U.S., com­pared to about 2,600 propane sta­tions. The Hon­da Civic CG, named the green­est vehi­cle sold in the U.S., is the only pro­duc­tion CNG-pow­ered car in the coun­try.