Refueling a compressed natural gas vehicle is not unlike refueling a gasoline powered one. However, with CNG you have the option for where to do so. You can choose to visit your local CNG station, or you can choose to fill up at home, while you sleep. Either way, filling up with CNG is safe and easy to do.
There are currently 1,155 public and private CNG stations throughout the United States. Finding a local station is easy with Valor Motor Company’s interactive map.
Here’s what you can expect at the pump:
- Turn the lever counterclockwise to retract the coupling teeth.
- Connect the nozzle and turn the lever clockwise to lock it into place.Note: In a bi-fuel vehicle, you may have to remove the gasoline cap before connecting the nozzle.
- Swipe your debit or credit card and flip the switch on the dispenser. Natural gas will flow, and you will hear the dispenser turn on and off as it gathers information on temperature and pressure. A gauge on the dispenser will tell you when your tank is full and stop automatically. It is impossible to overfill a CNG tank.
- Disconnect the hose, return it to the dispenser and replace all fuel caps.
Should you find yourself in an area of the country without a CNG station, you may want to consider refueling at home. The Phill® by BRC FuelMaker is a small compressor appliance that allows you to refuel at home, overnight. As easy to operate as your natural gas stove, the unit can be mounted on your garage wall, or can be installed on a freestanding pedestal. The Phill runs on electricity and connects to your home’s existing natural gas line.
Prices for CNG at home run below 70 cents per gallon in some areas. And, folks using natural gas as a vehicle fuel can earn a federal tax credit of 50 cents per gallon used. When compared to almost $4.00 per gallon of gasoline, the savings add up quickly.