National Energy Policy Institute

Economics, Energy and GHG Implications of LNG Trucks

Publication Date: June 23, 2010

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Economics, Energy and GHG Implications of LNG Trucks: Alan J. Krupnick (Resources for the Future)

This paper examines the case for and against natural gas vehicles becoming an important component of the U.S. transportation system, with a particular focus on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the heavy-duty trucking market. The paper explores how changes in fuel price differential (between natural gas and diesel), first-cost differential, and interest rate may affect the economic potential of LNG trucks, and also examines the effects on oil consumption of imposing a mandatory penetration rate of LNG trucks in the heavy-duty fleet.

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