Dealership reference guide for natural gas vehicles


We don’t need to tell you how fast the transportation industry is evolving, and how your customers are dealing with the challenges of carbon tax, increased emission reduction requirements and volatile fuel prices.

Our team is working with dealerships to help customers make the transition from gasoline- or diesel-fuelled trucks to cleaner, more cost effective natural gas-fuelled trucks. Reducing emissions is a priority for us—learn more about our 30BY30 target to reduce customers’ emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Let us help you and your customers stay ahead of the curve, enjoying all the benefits of natural gas fuel:

Cost benefits of natural gas fuel

  1. Fuel cost-savings: Compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) cost up to 45 per cent less than diesel.1 So while buying a new CNG or LNG-fuelled truck is an up-front investment, it’s one that will pay off quickly. Additionally, the price of natural gas is more stable than diesel, due to abundant domestic supplies of natural gas. Try our fuel savings calculator to get an idea of how much your customers can save with CNG or LNG.
  2. Financial incentives: We can reduce that payoff time further, with our financial incentives—up to 50 per cent of the incremental cost of upgrading to a natural gas vehicle. (Terms and conditions apply—please read the application for details.) Ask us how we can help your customers through the process. We also offer incentives to cover the cost of upgrading maintenance facilities. There may also be government incentives available you can ask us about.
  3. Less carbon tax: Natural gas fuel is still subject to the carbon tax, but at a lower rate. Learn more about the BC government’s Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation.
  4. Carbon credits: Because customers are reducing emissions by using a lower carbon fuel, they may be eligible for carbon credits they can sell. Learn more about the BC Motor fuel tax and carbon tax.
  5. No diesel exhaust fluid or other emission controls needed: CNG vehicles do not need an emission control system to meet environmental standards. They do not need diesel particle filters or selective catalytic reduction systems to comply.

Other key benefits of natural gas fuel

  1. Emission reductions: compared with diesel vehicles, natural gas vehicles emit up to 30 per cent less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, up to 95 per cent less nitrogen oxides, and they emit virtually no particulate matter.2
    Looking to the future, we’re increasing our supply of renewable gases so we can offer customers greater GHG emission reductions in the years to come.
  2. Quieter engines: Natural gas truck engines are, on average, 10 decibels quieter than diesel engines of a comparable size.3
  3. Lower maintenance costs: With fewer emissions components and a cleaner-burning fuel that generates less wear-and-tear on some engine components, CNG truck owners should expect less vehicle maintenance and downtime.3
Natural gas cost savings

Natural gas fuelling stations

There are several CNG and LNG fuelling stations in BC. If your customers wish to build their own, we offer fuelling station design and construction services.

Natural gas transportation recommended resources

Marketing assistance

We want to help your customers spread the news about their investment in lower-carbon transportation, helping BC to reduce emissions. We’ll work with them to get ‘Fuelled by natural gas’ truck decals, among other initiatives.

1 Fuel costs based on FortisBC rates as of October 2020, and average cost of diesel per litre in BC as of October 2020.

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