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Old 01-16-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Does anyone know of anywhere in Albuquerque where one can fill up on natural gas? I know it's what the busses here run on but I'm not aware of any Natural Gas Stations around.

Reason I ask is that Honda just came out with a Civic that runs on natural gas. I know it's something 'produced' locally and domestically and is a bit cheaper than regular gas, problem is nobody sells it (yet).
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:52 AM
 
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According to this site,

Albuquerque has two public natural gas filling stations; one near University & Lomas, one near the Sunport. It bears mention that it's not a huge leap to get your own NG compressor installed at your own home. I believe there's one called "Phill".

The Honda Civic GX (running $12k for a 2007 on eBay) has been available for many years, though probably not for the past several model years. You'll also tend to find converted pickup trucks that run on CNG at auctions from KAFB and SNL.

CNG vehicles tend to be a bit more gutless and have lower driving range than their gas counterparts. CNG compression also tends to take a bit of energy in its own right, so CNG prices are usually higher than the NG they're made from. NM also lacks the infrastructure to support a cross-country drive involving CNG, and it's not like you can fill a jerrycan from the local service station in Santa Rosa with CNG. Even an electric vehicle can be recharged with a regular wall outlet in these isolated locales.

On a final note, our (Albuquerque's) natural gas is produced locally, and so is our gasoline/diesel (though interestingly enough, the natural gas comes from further into Texas than the refinery stuff does). There's not a huge impact to our U.S. petroleum trade balance either way.
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