Plantagenet wrote:Why would anyone pay $10,000 to convert to CNG? You can buy a kit and an instruction book at amazon and do it yourself for $1000, or if you aren't mechanically inclined just buy a new Honda Civic CNG and coming next year there will be Chrysler and GM CNG pickup trucks at your neighborhood dealer.
The same reason why people don't grow their own food, even though it would be cheaper and easier to do then converting your used car to NG.
Plantagenet wrote:Why not? It only costs $1000 to convert, and you'll save that money back in the first year because CNG is so much cheaper than gas.
Because of the price I quoted on, and then to be put into an already very used vehicle. People who are broke already will not be throwing $10,000 into a $5,000 vehicle with limited life left.
Plantagenet wrote:Saving money on gas is another big positive.
Except you won't, due to the law of supply and demand.
Plantagenet wrote:Depends where you live. And if you travel where there isn't a NG station its no problem----you can just flip a switch and go back to running on gasoline.
Which is about 99.9% of the country. Better figure on using gas a lot. Meanwhile you're rolling around in a very expensive overweight conversion dragging your mileage down.
Plantagenet wrote:Oil peaked at the end of 2005, causing the price to double. NG hasn't peaked and there is so much available now due to frakking that its price has fallen by 75%. Even that noted energy expert Obama says there is enough NG for the next 100 years.
NG is at the point in time where ethanol was at. Unrealized and overrated. The price can only go up with more use of a commodity in limited supply, which is just basic econ 101.