As I look back at the past two years of running a CNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia I have a lot of things that I have learned. When I first received my “CNG Beast” I knew little about the differences between a CNG truck and a regular diesel truck. A lot of people along the way have asked a lot of great questions that I have been able to help answer. I have been asked everything from, “Is that a sleeper for a really skinny person behind the cab?” to “Could you power a gas grill on the back for truck stop BBQ?” Although there have been many colorful questions such as these, no one question has come up more duing my most recent encounters than, “If you had to do it over again, would you still make the switch to CNG?”
After serious contemplation and reviewing of the reasons I agreed to take a leap into CNG in the first place, I can with full confidence state that I am glad I did so and would gladly do it again! Sure, with diesel fuel prices as low as they are, it is obvious that the huge price difference between the two fuels is not as it once was. Through a negotiated fueling contract however, with the areas largest provider of truck CNG, I am happy to say that I still maintain a small price advantage over most people’s discounted diesel prices. I also tend to sleep a little better at night knowing that I am doing good by the environment in burning a cleaner burning fuel, thus leaving a better place for my children when I am long gone from the face of this earth. Being in the “CARB State”, it can easily be stated as well that I enjoy the feeling of being waived on through random emission inspection stations that are occasionally set up, as I am exempt from the current regulations governing the diesel trucks here in California.
I know there may be some folks out there that might not be convinced in my loyalty to CNG and think I only say this because it is a hypothetical pondering. Luckily I am a man of proof and I am glad to say to the supporters of my CNG quest and the naysayers alike, that it is not just a hypothetical statement anymore! I have been given another chance to try CNG again "from the beginning" and invite you to stay tuned later this week for a video unveiling my newest CNG quest in the next posted article of my blog. Until then, here is a tiny sneak peek at what will be the start of the next chapter in my CNG-fueled adventures!