There are now 9,040 natural gas vehicles on Texas roads – a 27% increase since August 2014, according to a recent survey conducted by the Texas Natural Gas Foundation (TXNG). Planned additions by fleets such as VIA in San Antonio and Houston Metro will soon swell that number to 10,084 (approx. 42% over 2014). Refueling stations under development will add an additional 33 stations to the state’s current 86 public fueling stations and 67 private stations.
Dallas County, with 3,579 vehicles and 25 stations, is the top natural gas vehicle county in the state of Texas. Harris, of which Houston is the county seat, has 1,825 NGVs and 28 stations. El Paso has 390 NGVs and 6 stations. Fourth is Nueces (Corpus Christi) with 349 NGVs and 5 stations. Fifth is Tarrant (Fort Worth) with 287 NGVs and 16 stations.
“As our survey indicates, Texas is making strides in replacing conventional fuels with natural gas,” said State Representative and TXNG President, Jason Isaac. “Texas has catapulted the United States to the largest producer of natural gas in the world. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas holds more than one-fourth of the nation’s proved natural gas reserves.
“Natural gas currently supplies less than five percent of the total fuel used for transportation in the United States,” said Isaac. “We should encourage the use of Texas fuels, like natural gas, that help build our state’s roads and support our public education, while also growing our economy.”
“In a recent study, idling diesel engines emitted five times as much harmful emissions as natural gas,” Isaac added. “Whether it’s your city’s garbage trucks or the 18-wheelers on the highways, natural gas trucks provide quiet, clean transportation that relies on our abundant, domestic natural resources.”
The Texas Natural Gas Foundation provides scholarly research, education and public awareness about Texas natural gas and its vital role in energy security, economic growth and benefits to the environment. For more information, visit www.txng.org.
Source: Texas Natural Gas Foundation
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