July 15, 2016 at 11:59 AM

They came, they saw and though it is likely to be long years of waiting before they make a complete seizure of the motor vehicle industry, electric and natural gas vehicles are fast gaining popularity and edging out gasoline-fuelled vehicles.

While a natural gas vehicle (NGV) uses liquefied natural gas or compressed natural gas as its fuel, an electric vehicle (EV) has traction or electric motors as its source of power for propulsion. Like in all other kingdoms, however, the motor vehicle kingdom will have to be ruled by only one leader. Therefore, discussion about the benefits of each type of vehicles over the other is constantly on the lips of motor vehicle enthusiasts.


Fuel Efficiency

Both types of vehicles have great demands on infrastructure. However, there is a thick line between them when it comes to the ability to convert fuel into usable power. While a natural gas vehicle would go for approximately 224 miles for every 1, 000 cf (cubic feet) of natural gas, the electric vehicle is capable of making around 457 miles after converting the same amount to electricity.


Fuelling Infrastructure

Although this is another area that still have a lot of uncovered distance, EVs gives the NGVs a severe beating again. It is far much simpler to build a charger for an electric vehicle than building a natural gas filling station. While all you need is $2,000 to put together a 240-volt charger capable of charging a car for a maximum of 8 hours, you’ll have to come up with about $750,000 for NGV fuelling station. In addition, you can easily have the charger at home so that you plug in the car after arrival and leave when it’s fully-charged in the morning.


Length of Charging Period

The cheaper chargers for electrical vehicles take a minimum of 3 hours. The more costly ones, going for up to $50,000, are faster. However no charger can beat a NGV filling station where you only take a few minutes to have your car fully-filled. In addition, fast charging of the car needs regulation and money since it was certainly not factored in when designing electricity rates.


Vehicle Range

You can drive most EVs on the economy and mid-range levels for around 100 miles after a charge. On the other hand, it is quite easy to travel for 200 miles in a natural gas vehicle whose equivalence of fuel tank capacity is 15 gallons. If you want, you can drive for nearly 300 miles without having to refill.


Cost of Fuel

It is pretty obvious that electric Vehicles carry the day on this. While an NGV uses a fuel equivalence of $2 per gallon, you only have to plug in the electric car. However, both types of vehicles save greatly on diesel and petrol usage.


Currently, you would pay a much higher price for an electric vehicle than you would do for one powered by natural gas. Nevertheless, you won’t have to worry too much about maintenance if you decide to go for the EV. Further, all you have to do is plug it to an electricity source and you’ve had your fuel. However, natural gas vehicles have countless advantages too. If you have to choose between the two, you’ll probably consider the prices and your personal preferences as well as driving habits.



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