Gallery: 3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars C...


Gas prices have increased at record levels this month, with prices climbing for 20 days in a row, and as gas prices rise, interest in more fuel efficient vehicles go up as well. Automakers have continued to focus on hybrids, electric vehicles and more efficient gasoline and diesel engines, but one fuel source has been largely ignored, natural gas. There are several reasons for this (read on to learn more), but the good news is that several companies, like 3M, are working on nanoparticle technology that could make natural gas cars more attractive. While as green transportation supporters, we think it’s important to point out that natural gas is a sort of temporary band-aid that should not distract us from the ultimate goal of getting truly sustainable electric cars on the road, we’re still excited to hear about 3M’s strides to advance this cleaner alternative to gasoline for the time being.

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  1. Informed Consumer March 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Every industry has its drawbacks and Natural Gas extraction is no exception. Although, the situations shown in Gasland should and could have been avoided, that should not stop the rest of us from benefiting from this great fuel. The solution is to police the producers, not to abandon the resource because of bad apples. You may not know that Lithium Ion battery production for electric cars is one of the most toxic and polluting things on earth and no amount of electric car use makes-up for its negative impact on the environment or your wallet (they have to be replaced). Wake up people!

  2. inhabitat fan March 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I’m guessing you haven’t seen the movie Gasland by Josh Fox. Natural gas should never be promoted because of what the government and these companies are doing to get it.

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