There are a lot of futuristic technologies making their way into cars—electric cars; cars that drive themselves; cars that run on hydrogen, liquid nitrogen, and compressed air; cars made of plastic and foam; even flying cars. The goal of all of these technologies is the make cars more efficient.
Chrysler is joining the future by producing America’s first factory-built pickup, the Ram 2500 4×4 Longbed, that is fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG).
CNG is a much cleaner and cheaper way to fuel our vehicles. It is about 35 percent less expensive than gasoline—that’s about $1.25 cheaper per gallon. CNG also produces 28 percent fewer greenhouse gases when it’s burned.
Another benefit to CNG-powered vehicles is their ability to run on either CNG or gasoline. Unfortunately, this benefit comes at a cost. It adds $11,000 to the price tag of the Ram. It will, however, end up paying for itself. According to Nick Cappa, a Chrysler spokesman, if you drive the truck 15,000 to 20,000 miles per year, the added CNG option will pay for itself in about three years.