ups-natural-gas-truckNEW YORK (AP) — New York City is getting its first food truck fully powered by compressed natural gas.

Proponents say it’s easier on the environment.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Texas oil and gas investor T. Boone Pickens are discussing the details Thursday at City Hall Park in Manhattan.

How does natural gas compare to diesel?


Available in compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), with near-zero emissions, natural gas engines are not only quieter than their diesel counterparts, they’re also decidedly cleaner. Switching to natural gas translates to potentially significant fuel cost savings: As the price of diesel continues to rise, the cost of natural gas remains relatively lower and stable. Federal and state vehicle tax credits—as well as infrastructure tax credits available to green fleets—can greatly reduce acquisition costs.

Is natural gas better for the environment?

By implementing natural gas-powered products, you’re doing your part to help the environment. Some of these new engines reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) up to 20%. By investing in a natural gas-powered vehicle, you’re greening-up your bottom line and the environment.