Group learns about natural gas-powered vehicles

STOCKTON – During the recent annual Land-owners with Gas Interests and Concerns picnic at the Chautauqua Antique Equipment Association grounds in Stockton, members and guests learned from local natural gas developer Empire Energy employees Casey Best and Don Beaujean about the mechanics of a dual fuel gasoline and natural gas driven vehicle.

For anyone considering NGV conversion, a kit may cost approximately $750 – with the high cost being a natural gas fuel tank at $1,500. Labor may be in the neighborhood of $500, all depending upon the vehicle. Besides the fuel savings, the advantages of such a system include a cooler running engine with almost zero emissions and fewer necessary motor oil changes.

In addition to the initial costs, another drawback may lie in damage to the vehicles’ catalytic converter. Currently, Ford offers a medium duty truck and Honda offers an automobile which run on natural gas installed with factory engineered systems starting at around $8,000 over a conventional system. Locally, fueling is available in Barcelona with another site scheduled to open in Sheridan.

For information on LOGIC, contact President Tom Hebeisen at 792-9079.