Disadvantages of Natural Gas Cars

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Instead of buying a car that uses gasoline or diesel fuel, people now have many other options, including vehicles that run on natural gas. These cars have engine modifications or add-ons, and some conventional cars also can use natural gas with special conversion kits. Natural gas is less expensive than regular gas and is a cleaner-burning fuel. However, there are some disadvantages with natural gas cars.

Fueling Stations

  • The low number of natural gas fueling stations is a big disadvantage and can make traveling to certain regions difficult or impossible.

Station Hours

  • These stations also are only open certain days and hours, so owners of natural gas cars have to be very good at planning ahead.

Pumps

  • Filling the natural gas car tank will require a little practice, because the pumps are very different from regular gas pumps, as are the tank latches.

Monthly Billing

  • Another possible disadvantage is that owners of natural gas cars can't pay a small amount for fuel every few days, because the pumps scan a fuel card that must be paid for monthly.

Tank Size

  • Since the natural gas tanks are larger than those in a regular car, much of the trunk size is sacrificed and sometimes part of the passenger area also.

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