Experience and business case analysis demonstrate that natural gas can provide economic benefits when used as a transportation fuel. For the right scale and type of fleet, the all-in cost of ownership, including refueling infrastructure, is below the cost for a comparable diesel-powered fleet.
Natural gas has about 27% less carbon than diesel fuel. This lower carbon benefit means that natural gas vehicles can reduce carbon emissions on a well-to-wheels or total lifecycle basis by about 15% to 25%. For a highway tractor driven 200,000 kilometres per year, natural gas can provide a 70 tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Having a choice of transportation fuels can also help to reduce the cost of services. Whether for internal fleet operations or for contracted services, natural gas can provide lower costs per kilometre as well as greener operations that benefit local communities.