SENATE RESOLUTION No. 81

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 4, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† BOB SMITH

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Urges automobile manufacturers to commercially develop and sell compressed natural gas vehicles in NJ.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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A Senate Resolution urging automobile manufacturers to sell compressed natural gas vehicles in the State.

 

Whereas, The nationís economy and security will prosper with an affordable and reliable domestic energy supply and fuel for motor vehicles, and growing numbers of manufacturers and individual consumers see the benefits of natural gas; and

Whereas, Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, with fewer carbon dioxide, or greenhouse gas, emissions; and

Whereas, According to GE Global Research, about 250,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are used in the country today, which is less than 0.1% of total vehicles in the United States, and the NGVs are mostly owned by fleets, with the heavy- and medium-duty market, such as city transit buses, refuse trucks and delivery vans, making up the majority of the NGVs on the road; and

Whereas, Compressed natural gas (CNG) has been used widely for personal transportation within the light-duty vehicle segment in highly developed nations for many years, and natural gas-rich countries such as Brazil, Argentina, and Iran already have more than one million NGVs each, and even gas importer countries such as Italy exceed 700,000 NGVs; and

Whereas, Light-duty trucks, sports utility vehicles, and sedans can all be powered with CNG while retaining nearly the same engine power and fuel efficiency as their gasoline-powered counterparts; and

Whereas, One factor that has slowed the adoption of CNG vehicles within the light-duty market is the number of vehicles that can be purchased directly from the manufacturer with a CNG-ready engine, since the majority of NGVs on the road today had their existing engine retrofitted by a certified technician utilizing a United States Environmental Protection Agency- or California Air Resources Board-certified kit to run only on CNG (a dedicated vehicle) or CNG and gasoline (a bi-fuel vehicle); and

Whereas, Increasing the manufacturing and sales of CNG vehicles, and improving the infrastructure therefor, will aide in the transition from more costly foreign oil sources to cleaner domestic sources; and

Whereas, It is in the best interest of the State to support and promote the use of alternative fueled vehicles in New Jersey, by specifically urging automobile manufacturers to sell compressed natural gas vehicles and encouraging consumers to drive them; now, therefore,

 

†††† Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† This House urges automobile manufacturers to commercially develop and sell compressed natural gas vehicles in New Jersey, and throughout the entire nation.


†††† 2.††† Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the President of the Senate and attested by the Secretary thereof, shall be transmitted to the or chief executive officer of each major automobile manufacturer in North America.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

 

†††† This resolution urges automobile manufacturers to commercially develop and sell compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in New Jersey, and throughout the entire nation.

†††† An affordable and reliable domestic energy supply and fuel for motor vehicles is essential to the nationís economy and national security.† Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, with fewer carbon dioxide, or greenhouse gas, emissions.† Light-duty trucks, sports utility vehicles, and sedans can all be powered with CNG while retaining nearly the same engine power and fuel efficiency as their gasoline-powered counterparts.

†††† One factor that has slowed the adoption of CNG vehicles within the light-duty market is the number of vehicles that can be purchased directly from the manufacturer with a CNG-ready engine, since the majority of natural gas vehicles on the road today had their existing engine retrofitted by a certified technician utilizing a United States Environmental Protection Agency- or California Air Resources Board-certified kit to run only on CNG (a dedicated vehicle) or CNG and gasoline (a bi-fuel vehicle).† Increasing the manufacturing and sales of CNG vehicles, and improving the infrastructure therefor, will aid in the transition from more costly foreign oil sources to cleaner domestic sources.