Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are some of the cleanest vehicles on the road. The newest NGVs emit zero or near-zero NOx emissions and significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to gasoline or diesel engines. NGVs are an available alternative to conventional engines and a practical means to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, particularly from heavy-use applications. NGVs have helped bring localities into compliance with federal ambient air quality standards and other state and local pollution laws and regulations. NGVs also provide acute emissions reductions benefits – switching from a diesel to natural gas school bus, garbage truck, or other municipal vehicle can significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions and ensure that localities have cleaner air.
NGVs have the potential to become even cleaner as renewable natural gas (RNG) is utilized more often. Produced by capturing biomethane collected from agricultural waste, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants, RNG is chemically identical to fossil natural gas but has significantly lower emissions.
APGA has been a strong supporter of the growth and development of the NGV industry. Many APGA members use NGVs in their fleets, and some maintain and operate their own fueling stations. APGA supports legislation and regulatory policies that recognize the potential of NGVs and support their deployment.