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Fuel cost benefits

Reduce your per kilometre cost with natural gas

Historically, when compared to diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) customers have saved 25 to 50 per cent in fuel costs.1

Compare your estimated diesel cost with CNG and LNG with our fuel savings calculator

Natural gas vehicles have a higher initial cost and your payback timing will depend on factors such as vehicle type, fuel consumption and annual mileage. With the fuel savings offered by natural gas vehicles, this can mean a three- to four-year payback, and with our financial incentives this can be reduced even further.

Natural gas rates for transportation are similar to rates for our residential and commercial customers. We buy natural gas on the open market and do not mark up the cost of gas—you pay what we pay. We review rates regularly with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) and the BCUC must approve any changes to our rates.  

A typical rate for CNG or LNG refuelling includes:

  • Delivery charge: the charge to deliver natural gas through our system.
  • Commodity charge: the cost per gigajoule of natural gas you use. (One gigajoule is equivalent to 25.9 litres of diesel.2)
  • Basic charge: a fixed, flat daily fee that partially recovers the fixed cost of our system and service.
  • Fuelling charge: a regulated cost of service based on your fuelling station costs and minimum volume commitment.

Like gasoline or diesel, natural gas for transportation is subject to the BC carbon tax. But since natural gas is a lower carbon fuel, it is taxed at a lower rate.

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1Based on comparison of fuel costs of diesel and FortisBC Rate 6 (fuelling station) from 2000 to 2011. For more historical petroleum price data, see M.J. Ervin and Associates: http://kentreports.com/wpps.aspx.
2Calculation based on GHGenius model found at http://www.ghgenius.com/. The GHGenius model is based on Canadian fuel and supply sources.