Will natural-gas cars ever be suitable for consumer use?

Who’s buying it?
Is natural gas the future of fuel?
Is natural gas the future of fuel?
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According to Honda the people that do buy the Natural Gas Civic are older and wealthier than the standard Civic buyer. The Natural Gas Civic buyers’ average age is 52 with $225,000 median household income compared to the gasoline Civic buyer at 43 years old with a median household income of $65,000. Obviously most economically minded buyers are turned off by the higher costs and limited range of the Natural Gas Civic.

Right now natural-gas vehicles are more popular as fleet cars, but will natural gas cars ever be as popular as hybrids and electric cars? Natural gas cars could be an alternative to pricier electric cars, since both vehicles have limited range, but hybrids will continue to be the wiser choice at least until there are more re-fueling stations. For now, gas-powered cars will mainly appeal to consumers that are interested in greener driving and who are willing to deal with the drawbacks.