There is a growing number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) offered by major OEM vehicle manufacturers (pdf).* Even more types of vehicles are available as aftermarket conversions which have been certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).* Several manufacturers also produce heavy-duty engines that operate on compressed natural gas. These engines are suitable for delivery vehicles, refuse trucks, street sweepers, school buses, transit buses and more.
Conversions of new pickups, vans and sedans
Customers interested in full-size pickups, vans and other light-duty vehicles can purchase new vehicles at their local new car dealer and have them converted or "upfit"* to run on CNG. There are local Qualified System Retrofitters (QSRs) in southern California listed in the CNG Vehicle Conversion/Modifications section in our CNG Supplier Directory (pdf).
With the exception of the parts that are replaced for the CNG conversion, the majority of the new vehicle warranty will remain in place after the conversion. In addition most of the vehicle's service, such as oil changes, can be completed at your local dealer. Please consult vehicle manufacturers for details on their warranties.
For a thorough overview of the vehicle conversion process, please see NGVAmerica's Frequently Asked Questions about Converting Vehicles to Operate on Natural Gas (pdf).*
Purchasing a used NGV can take much less time than having one converted. It can also provide significant cost savings. However, it's important to note that used NGVs do not qualify for the tax credits that new vehicles are eligible for. It's also important that you confirm with certainty that the vehicle you are considering is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
NGV auctions and used NGV retailers1
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)* holds periodic auctions of used NGVs. Search "natural gas vehicles" on the web for new or previously owned NGVs. One retailer of used NGVs in southern California is Best Auto Sales in Corona, CA. Auto Excellence is a used vehicle dealer in Salt Lake City that generally has a selection of used NGVs in stock.
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