Ok, now that the little guy (my son) and the little pregnant lady ( my wife :) )are asleep, I can sit and write about the current problem many have with increasing fuel prices.
I jumped out of that boat a couple years ago now, and today I don’t care if there’s fuel shortages or not, or the price.
I had a GNC set installed when I saw that the price of fuel could be a problem in the not so distant future.
The GNC set allows your car to run on natural compressed gas, and almost any car or truck can be set with one of these.
Basically you have three components, besides the chipset for the car.
First, you have a big yellow gas tank in your trunk. This part sucks the most because you do loose some space, and moderate size tanks like mine only allow you to drive 100 km.
The good thing is that most gas stations now have compressed gas too so there’s a lot of infrastructure around, and that it only costs USD 2,50 to drive those 100 km.
Stopping by the station nearly every day is a pain in the butt, but the saved money is worth it in my book.
Second, you have the gas regulator an valve. This basically adjusts the amount of gas that feeds into the engine, and is connected with the yellow tank. This is where you connect to fill the tank with more natural gas at the station, though some have a setup that allows to fill it up with a connection right next to the fuel cap.
Inside, you have a switch with a few LEDs that allow you to see how much GNC you have left.
The 3 way switch allows you to instantly go from gas to compressed gas or to auto.
The auto feature starts the car with regular gas, and switches to NCG automatically when you accelerate some.
If you are serious about not using regular gas, you can go for months without using any, only using the auto feature just to start the car a bit at first and keep the system running and lubricated.
I think eventually people will have to use one form of alternative car fuel or another.
Meanwhile, go diesel, in a fuel efficient car, and choose manual over automatic.
I understand manuals are more common in USA, but a stick allows you to have greater control over your car if you have to bug out, it’s better for pushing other cars, and it’s more fuel efficient, it’s also more rugged from a mechanical point of view.
Look around, wait until something that actually works shows up, and then wait for a few months until you see it actually working on the street, then go for it.
You’ll save lots of money.