Utah Drivers Fill Up With Cheap Natural Gas

State's drivers corner the market in natural gas cars
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2008 7:43 AM CDT
The natural gas-powered Honda Civic GX is shown at a Los Angeles motor show.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Utah drivers are lining up to fill their cars and trucks with natural gas, at the equivalent of just 87 cents a gallon, the New York Times reports. State regulations keeping natural gas cheap have fueled a surge of interest in natural gas vehicles among drivers in the state, who are having their vehicles converted or are buying used cars that  run on compressed gas.

One Honda salesman in Salt Lake City has sold a quarter of  the 800 Civic GX's—the only available car powered by natural gas made by a major automaker—the company has turned out this year, and has a waiting list of 330. Other states are looking to Utah as a model and trying to legislate around the Catch-22 situation where drivers won't buy natural gas cars because there are so few places to fill up, and stations decline to offer natural gas because so few drivers need it.