The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 August 2005

Go away, boy, you bother me

Lynn's son goes looking for CNG-powered vehicles and comes away empty-handed:

He asked one salesman about natural gas powered cars and, after acting as if he had asked for a car that runs on fairy dust, the salesmen went to talk to his manager. My son surreptitiously followed him and evesdropped on the conversation. The manager told the salesman, "We could get him one but it would be a big hassle. Just tell him there's a long waiting list."

We don't have a lot of vehicles that run on natural gas in this country, but a couple of popular models have CNG variants, and I've got to believe that if there were much of a waiting list, there'd be a lot more such on the drawing boards.

And at least CNG refueling stations are relatively easy to find, which is more than you can say for fairy dust.

Posted at 8:11 AM to Driver's Seat , Family Joules


Maybe out in Tornado Alley CNG refueling spots are 'relatively easy to find'. Around here it's hard enough finding diesel, let alone Dead Dinosaur Breath.

Posted by: The Prop at 12:50 PM on 11 August 2005

And in Jersey, I suppose, there's probably the question of whether they'd let mere drivers actually handle the nozzle. :)

(I read somewhere that as of around 2000-2001 there were 34 CNG stations in the Garden State, but none were accessible to the general public. I assume they were set up for state fleet use.)

Posted by: CGHill at 2:40 PM on 11 August 2005

Nozzle handling is a no-no, although His Honor the Acting-Guv just signed a bill funding stem-cell research, so our Blue State credentials are still strong.

We can't afford to build new elementary schools, but we're good to go on stem cell research.

Posted by: The Prop at 6:42 AM on 12 August 2005