Compressed Natural Gas

Michael Swanbom

More than a dozen engineering students from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston have built two vehicles to compete in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Detroit next week. One vehicle is a diesel. The other runs on compressed natural gas.

Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport car dealership is now stocking a Dodge Ram Hemi crew-cab truck that runs on compressed natural gas or CNG. It’s the first truck in the United States that comes with a factory-made CNG option, an $11,000 add-on.

Hebert's Town and Country manager Beau Hebert has three of these trucks on his lot, and he’s ordered 10 more. With 11 fueling stations now in Louisiana, he’s betting on a much higher demand for CNG, especially among people who haul stuff as part of their job.