Survey for the development of compressed natural gas systems (CNG) for vehicles
Abulamosha, A.M. (2005) Survey for the development of compressed natural gas systems (CNG) for vehicles. Master of Engineering thesis, Dublin City University.
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Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles have been used internationally by fleets for decades. The use of CNG vehicles results in less petroleum consumption, resulting in fewer air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions in most applications. In Europe, the adoption of CNG among consumers has been slowed by the availability of affordable gasoline and diesel fuel. This investigation addresses the current situation of the CNG vehicle at the manufacturing level and the consumer level in Europe. Based on studies of CNG car manufacturers and vehicle customers, the study reveals the nature of the development of CNG vehicles among the companies. This study also examines vehicle ownership experience, determines the effects of government incentives on the decision to own a CNG vehicle, and considers the European CNG refuelling network in the context of future alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). CNG car manufacturing companies have detailed some obstacles facing them in developing and implementing CNG technology. CNG vehicle owners have expressed significant dissatisfaction with the public fuelling infrastructure for the vehicles, leading them to choose non-CNG vehicles. Despite these disadvantages, most European CNG vehicle owners have shown their satisfaction with CNG vehicles.
The objective of this study was to gather analyse information that would enable that development of a strategy for the implementation of CNG vehicles around Europe by conducting surveys. Such a strategy need to take account of public opinion on the issues facing CNG development and ascertain what measures need to be taken to ensure success in the development of the CNG programme around Europe by car manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).
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