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Lurking in the minds of many who’ve followed America’s shale gas renaissance is the question, “When will I be able to use it to power my car?”The National Petroleum Council, a government-sponsored enterprise that advises the Department of Energy on policy, has released a report on the future of transportation fuels, and it contains an extensive infographic that helps answer that question.
According to the council, the main roadblock remains consumer infrastructure — basically, it would take dozens of billions of dollars to build compressed natural gas fuel stations.
Relatedly, the industry lacks retail-oriented capital that would be needed to bring to market; Exxon and Chevron remain focused on liquids hydrocarbons (aka oil).
Other than that (though these are large hurdles…), the lanes are relatively clear — see for yourself: