CNG vs. LNG: how to choose your natural gas fuel type

Should you fuel with compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG)? It depends on fuel availability, existing fuelling station locations, the type and size of your vehicles and your required driving range.

Comparing CNG and LNG

 CNGLNG
What it is:natural gas that’s been piped to a compression facility natural gas that’s been cooled to -162 °C to become a liquid
How it’s delivered:delivered through our natural gas system to various dispensing stations across BC

delivered from our LNG storage facilities by tank truck to:

  • permanent LNG dispensing station
  • mobile fuelling station on a customer’s property1
  • commercial fuelling station along a regional corridor
Best for: medium-duty vehicles travelling a moderate distance between refuellingthe best choice when extended driving range is required, because an LNG tank holds 2.5 times more fuel than a similar sized CNG tank
Vehicle types:
  • waste haulers and dump trucks
  • courier and delivery trucks
  • transit buses
  • school buses
  • passenger cars (e.g. Honda Civic GX)
  • pickup trucks (e.g. Ford F150)
  • cargo vans and minivans (e.g. Chevrolet Express Van)
  • class 8 long-haul tractors
  • marine vessels such as coastal ferries
  • heavy-duty mine haul trucks
  • locomotives
   

LNG fuelling process

The LNG begins at a storage facility, then gets transported by a fuel delivery truck to and LNG dispensing station where a LNG tractor trailer can fuel up (18-150.10)

CNG fuelling process

The CNG is delivered to a CNG compressor through the natural gas distribution system to a CNG dispensing station where a CNG fleet vehicle can fuel up (18-150.10)

1LNG delivery is an optional service that FortisBC can provide to you at a regulated rate.