Natural Gas Cars


Cars That Run on Natural Gas

2012 Natural Gas Cars MPG - CNG Cars Miles Per Gallon

Many will ask, “what should I expect to get with 2012 natural gas cars when it comes to MPG?”  The Honda Civic GX, which went into production in 1997 now gets about 24 miles per gallon in the city and about 36 miles per gallon on the highway.  This is very similar to a Honda Civic that uses regular gasoline. 

The primary difference in savings is the cost per gallon of natural gas vs. a gallon of gasoline.  The difference in price is typically about $1.50 to $1.75 per gallon.  There are parts of the country that are paying about $3.50 a gallon for gasoline and about $2.00 per gallon for natural gas.

In Omaha Nebraska, Happy Cab, which is owned by Mark and Lori Mitchell, recently converted fifty of its taxicabs to operate on compressed natural gas.  The Mitchells also own I-80 Fuel and a neighboring car dealership that retrofits gasoline vehicles to run on CNG for about $10,000 each.  The Mitchells say they will save about $210 per week per taxicab by using CNG rather than regular gasoline.  The fact that they also own I-80 Fuel, they will end up saving even more on the fuel.  By switching to compressed natural gas, they will also help their customers save money due to their switch because customers are required to pay a fuel surcharge on gasoline.  Those fees don’t apply with CNG taxis.

You will find that for highway driving, natural gas 2012 cars will get close to the same MPG as a regular gasoline car.  For city driving in stop and go traffic, your fuel effeciency should be better with a natural gas car.