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It will probably be offered with the same engines as the new Transit van, which includes a four cylinder engine and a small 6. There is a CNG or Propane option for one of the engines.
What percentage of storage gain are we talking about? At what pressure? If pressure is low, that enables tanks that can be more easily designed to fit vehicles and not use up cargo space. Also less expensive, hopefully, tanks.
ronwagnersrants.blogspot.com Natural gas is the future of energy. It is replacing dirty, dangerous, expensive coal and nuclear plants. It is producing the electricity for electric cars. It will directly fuel cars,pickup trucks, vans, buses, long haul trucks, dump trucks, locomotives, aircraft, ships etc. It will keep us out of more useless wars, where we shed our blood and money. Over 1,800 natural gas story links on my blog. An annotated bibliography. The big picture of natural gas.
3M just came out with a lighter and stronger CNG tank. It will be a big help. CNG is the way to go. Cummins and Peterbilt are coming out with 20 liter displacement engines, for eighteen wheelers, in 2013. Natural gas is taking over from coal and nuclear. A gasoline gallon equivalent now sells for an average of about $2.00.
Congress needs to tell the EPA to get out of the way on this.
Are Brazilians using natural gas for vehicle fuel to any great extent? They are known to use many vehicles that can switch from alcohol to gasoline.
As pointed out, eating less meat is a good way to keep down the price of grains, and increase your own health. I love meat, but find that it is best used as a flavoring for legumes and grains. Field corn can be used for food, but corn bread,fried mush, hominy, grits etc. have fallen out of favor in the last century. We may be going back that way out of necessity however. Natural gas is the real answer for energy. It can be used in vehicles directly, or produce electricity for them. We need leadership to adopt both, without subsidies.