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USA: Government Lab Shifts Focus From Electric to Natural Gas Cars

Engineers at the Argonne National Laboratory, a government-funded facility that played a crucial role in developing the battery technology behind many electric vehicles, including the Chevy Volt, have switched gears, focusing their research on the development of natural gas powered vehicles, reports TalkingPointsMemo.

Argonne engineer Mike Duoba attributed the shift to the declining cost and domestic abundance of natural gas: “In terms of consumer ownership and use costs, the case to make a switch from current fuels to CNG is much more compelling than for other alternative fuels like ethanol and electricity.”

The U.S. Department of Energy’s February announcement of a $30 million research competition seeking “ways to harness our abundant supplies of domestic natural gas for vehicles” may have provided some of the impetus behind Argonne’s shift. But the more obvious motivating factors are America’s huge domestic supply of gas and the rapid development and deployment of gas procurement technology.

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