You could also do this with the diesel trucks.
Some yes and some no. Diesel fuel ignites spontaneously when sprayed into the combustion chamber when the air as been compressed sufficiently; gas can't be compression ignited. Needs a sparkplug for ignition, with lower compression ratio. Spark ignition is much less efficient. Drivable range with cng is far too low.
One way to burn gas with the efficiency of diesel (or close to) is to compression ignite it using a little diesel as pilot ignition to "start the combustion". This is the mixing you mention. It's being experimented today. But you can't do away with the diesel altogether.
One solution would to be to make dimethyl ether (DME) from natural gas at the wellhead. DME compression ignites without diesel pilot but burns like gas without soot meaning no exhaust emission aftertreatment is needed. :) And, energy density is high enough you can put fuel enough on the truck to do a day's work.
i love the hype over the "green" cars, being the electric/hybrids, but as you stated, that "green" electricity comes from mining and burning coal, which releases harmful chemicals into the environment. Not to mention the batteries needed in those specific cars are EXTREMELY harmful to the environment, and use a MASSIVE amount of fossil fuels/"dirty energy" to manufacture. Coal mines DESTROY the environment whereas Natural gas well pads only take up 15-20 acres MAX and are reclaimed to like quality once drilling operations have stopped. So basically, in my opinion and from what ive heard from colleagues ect, those so called "green cars" are actually more detrimental to the environment then regular Gasoline and ESPECIALLY CNG cars.
There is no leadership on this topic in my humble opinion.
I believe that the quickest/best way, and possibly the only way, to get more natural gas vehicles on the road is for the natural gas industry itself to get involved. These companies need to make this an issue and point out all the benefits to our country if we were to use more natural gas vehicles. Infrastructure is mostly in place as well (how many houses heat/cook with NG?). Pickens has it right.
Mark, I am not in favor of tax breaks to help NG, or most anything. 'New' technology needs to stand on its own two feet. There is plenty of money to be made in the NG industry if we were to move a portion of our vehicles to NG. The companies know this, and they need to act now! They need to invest their profits, to increase their future bottom lines.
The one important item the politicians need to deal with to level the playing field for all types of vehicles is how they collect the road use tax as a liquid fuel tax, ie per gallon, not miles of roadway used. This in and of itself is contrary to common business/economic sense. Taxing fuels by the gallon has become archaic. We need to move to a mileage driven based tax for using our roadways. Everyone should share in the upkeep of our roadways, regardless of how they propel themselves down the pavement. Of course right now all electric vehicles will pay NO road use tax (i believe), which is how the gov't can influence the social change they want.
We will eventually. I know it's frustrating, and I'm 100% in agreeance with you on this issue. There is legislation in the works right now that would put a CNG refueling station every other exit on the Turnpike and would switch the fleet of state owned vehicles over to CNG. I know these are baby steps but it's a good start.
We're still hammering away as usual. Thanks for the kind words and I hope your situation works itself out for the best. And good luck with your landowner group if that's still on the table!