How Could Plant Life Help Power this Truck?
February 14, 2014
Have you ever heard of compressed natural gas or CNG?
For starters, natural gas is a fossil fuel formed when layers of buried plants and animals are exposed to intense heat and pressure over thousands of years. That process produces energy which can be used to heat our water, our homes, or even to fuel a truck.
Natural gas is plentiful worldwide and found abundantly in North America. Compressed natural gas (CNG) comes primarily from underground sources in the U.S. and Canada and is widely considered a more environmentally “clean” alternative to gasoline or diesel fuel.
In fact, CNG vehicles emit 20 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) than gasoline vehicles. This benefits the environment not only by lowering tailpipe emissions, but also by generating fewer greenhouse gasses in fuel production.
Why does this matter? FCA US LLC is the only manufacturer in North America to offer a factory-built CNG pickup truck. The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup offers cost and emissions benefits, using an abundant, domestically sourced fuel while reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil.
The Ram HD CNG is powered by the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 and features both compressed gas storage tanks and a choice of 8- or 35-gallon gasoline fuel tanks.
In use, the system functions seamlessly, automatically transitioning from CNG to gasoline with little discernible difference in operation or capability. Although a small amount of gasoline is used during engine startup, the Ram CNG runs initially on compressed natural gas. Once its CNG tanks are empty, the vehicle automatically switches to gasoline.
CNG-only range is 301 miles highway, while the backup supply of gasoline extends the range to 966 total miles. The Ram 2500 CNG truck is available for purchase now to both retail and fleet customers.