06 Jul '11, 1pm

General Motors Deal Hints At Future of Natural-Gas Powered Cars

Natural-gas powered passenger cars may be going mainstream in the US. General Motors signed an agreement with Vancouver-based Westport Innovations Inc. (WPT.TO) to develop natural gas engine controls, emissions and performance strategies. Reuters reports that the multi-million dollar project will focus on light-weight engines as small as 0.5 liters, a size that would be used in small, passenger vehicles. Natural gas, which is cheaper and cleaner-burning than gasoline, has been used increasingly in buses and heavy trucks over the last decade. But the alternative fuel has not yet made its way into mainstream light-duty trucks and vehicles. Currently the only commercial, natural-gas powered passenger car on the US market is the Honda Civic GX. While many US homes use natural gas for heating and cooking, there are only about 900 fueling stations for natural gas in the US, mean...

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