Fuel cost savings for commercial fleets
Historically, when compared to diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) customers have saved up to 45 per cent in fuel costs.1
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.
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 fuelling rate that factors in the capital cost of the station, operation and maintenance and overhead costs. This rate is determined by using a regulated cost of service model.
Calculate your savings
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.
BC carbon credits and carbon tax
Because natural gas is a lower carbon fuel than gasoline or diesel, making the switch from those fuels to natural gas means you could be eligible for carbon credits, which you can sell. How does this process work?
- We send you an annual report of your natural gas fuel usage for the year. You submit this information to the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.
- The Ministry determines whether or not to validate your credits.
- If validated, you can sell those credits via the credit market, or via a broker.
Learn more about the BC government’s Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation.
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’s taxed at a lower rate than gasoline or diesel.
The current carbon tax rate is $40/tonne, which must be translated based on the type of fuel used.3
Learn more about the BC Motor fuel tax and carbon tax.
1 Fuel costs based on FortisBC rates as of October 2020, and average cost of diesel per litre in BC as of October 2020.
2 Based on an assumption of $0.75/diesel litre equivalent for natural gas and a diesel price of $1.20/litre.
3 Rate current as of February 2021. See British Columbia’s Carbon Tax.