Top Ten Reasons to Choose an Electric Hybrid Over a Natural Gas Powered Vehicle

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High prices at the gas pump, along with an increasing awareness of environmental concerns, have led people to develop alternative energy sources to power automobiles.  Two of the biggest contenders are natural gas and electricity.  While both are more cost effective and environmentally friendly than the current gas being used, the clear winner in the battle for green energy for cars is electricity.  Here are the top ten reasons to choose a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) over a natural gas-powered vehicle (NGV).

1. Natural gas is a finite resource, while electricity can be easily generated from renewable sources as well as finite resources.  Implementing a plan to use natural gas to power vehicles would be a short-term fix, while using electricity provides the option of long-term sustainability.

2. Currently, the United States only has access to 3% of the known natural gas reserves and will have to import natural gas to keep up with demand if NGVs become more popular.  Russia and Iran hold the largest proved reserves of natural gas and if the US’s consumption of natural gas increases, we will be increasingly dependent on outside resources.

3. A significant infrastructure would need to be put in place to provide for NGVs if the entire US auto industry switched to natural gas.  However, if PHEVs were used, the current electric grid infrastructure could easily provide for more than 70% of the power requirements without significant additions.

4. An individual driver could choose to power their PHEV solely on green, renewable energy sources by using off-grid energy sources such as rooftop solar panels.  This would not be possible with a NGV.

5. The gas (or natural gas) that is used to create electricity is burned much more efficiently at the electrical generation plants than it is in an individual vehicle’s internal combustion engine (which only uses around 20% of the energy’s potential).  Therefore, more energy could be created from a smaller amount of gas if it is used in the form of electricity.

6. Overall emissions from the burning of natural gas are less when the natural gas is burned to produce electricity in a generation plant than when natural gas is burned inside an individual vehicle.

7. By keeping the emissions centrally located at a power generations plant, it will be easier to implement emissions-reducing improvements in the future.

8. Powering a vehicle is less expensive when powered by electricity.  To power a PHEV for 30 miles costs approximately $0.73 while the cost to power a NGV to drive the same distance is approximately $2.51.

9. The price of electricity is much more stable than that of natural gas.  Since electricity has a wide variety of different sources that are used in the generation process, such as natural gas, wind, and solar power, the price is more stable than that of single source natural gas.

10. If the transportation infrastructure of the US is primarily powered on electricity, it will be easier to convert that power into a more renewable option in the future.  Instead of having to convert every vehicle to a greener solution, it would be much more cost effective to implement improvements in the electric generation process instead.

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  1. Your first point hit the nail on the head. Electricity can be generated from a variety of sources of energy, while natural gas is finite. Electricity is definitely the future and will become more and more popular as battery technologies become better.

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