Raven is proud to be fueling the future with LNG. This effort is a monumental moment in trucking history. LNG will reduce our dependance on foreign oil and make the American economy stronger. Clean, cost-efficient and abundant, liquified natural gas is the smart choice for Raven trucks.
Natural gas is the best transportation fuel. It's better than gasoline or diesel. It's cleaner, it's cheaper, and it's domestic.T. Boone Pickens
Liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is natural gas that has been cooled to minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit, the point at which gas condenses to a liquid. When natural gas is cooled into liquid form, its volume is reduced by a factor of 600, which means LNG uses 1/600 of the space required for the same mass of gas. An example would be a 17-inch beach ball being reduced to the size of a ping pong ball. This liquefaction process allows gas to be shipped and stored safely and economically.
On average, LNG costs about 50% less than gasoline or diesel fuel, while delivering the same power and performance. According to the Federal Reserve Economic Database, in 2010 the United States spent 552 billion dollars on oil alone and 61% of that was imported. Think of what 50% savings could mean to you and this country as a whole.
Natural gas (LNG) is the cleanest burning fossil based fuel with 50% lower emissions than the next best option. The beauty of LNG’s simplicity is that it burns almost completely, leaving only a small amount of carbon dioxide and water behind. LNG produces up to 90% lower emissions than gasoline or diesel. Not only does the reduced amount of greenhouse gases by LNG make it the cleanest internal combustible fuel for our environment, it also burns cleaner inside your engine resulting in fewer oil changes and less maintenance. By removing one traditional Diesel 18 wheeler and replacing it with a LNG engine it is the carbon footprint reduction equivalent of removing 324 automobiles off the road.
The United States is sitting on top of more than 25 very large natural gas reservoirs. Some analysts say that it contains three times the energy as the Saudi oil fields. In the last five years, shale reservoirs have revealed natural gas deposits that doubled previously estimated U.S. gas reserves giving us close to a two hundred year supply at current consumption rates. Using America’s vast abundance of domestic natural gas is our best answer for reducing foreign oil dependence while increasing energy and national security.
LNG is lighter than air. In the event of a spill, LNG disperses quickly without pooling on the ground creating a fire hazard like petroleum based fuels. It also has a higher ignition temperature making it less flammable than gasoline or diesel. LNG is also non-toxic and non-corrosive and will not contaminate ground water.