June 6, 2006

NOTHING COSTS MORE THAN IT USED TO:

From corn-fed to diesel, an alternative-fuel car guide (Sharon Silke-Carty, 6/06/06, USA TODAY)

With gasoline prices high, politicians and auto executives are talking up the benefits of alternative-fuel vehicles — from cars that run mostly on corn-based ethanol to gas-electric hybrids, from diesel-powered vehicles to cars that burn natural gas. [...]

Natural gas

California drivers can buy the Honda Civic GX, which runs on natural gas. This fall, New York residents will be able to buy Civic GX too.

To make refueling convenient, owners also can lease a natural gas home-refueling appliance, dubbed "Phill." It is mounted on a garage wall and allows the GX to refuel overnight from a homeowner's natural gas supply line.

Natural gas is about 50% cheaper than regular gasoline when purchased at home. (At a refueling station, the savings are about 25%.) Natural gas burns more cleanly than regular gas. And buyers are eligible for a $4,000 tax break.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2006 7:56 AM
Comments

What good news. Now we don't have to lay any more train tracks.

Posted by: AllenS at June 6, 2006 8:08 AM

What kind of acceleration does it get on an on-ramp?

Posted by: Bartman at June 6, 2006 9:13 AM

No problema if it's down hill.

Posted by: erp at June 6, 2006 9:55 AM

How about a car that runs on compressed air? Can't get much cheaper than that.

Posted by: Rick T. at June 6, 2006 10:00 AM

Here's the Popular Mechanics article where several alternatives are compared:

How far can you drive on a bushel of corn?
Crunching the numbers on alternative fuels.

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 6, 2006 10:55 AM

Rick:

Eh. That's just another form of electric car, and not obviously more efficient than batteries (though maybe better than hydrogen if you don't care about range; don't know about that).

Posted by: Mike Earl at June 6, 2006 11:12 AM
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