Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) announced the addition of 24 new natural gas powered Honda Civic sedans to its fleet on Wednesday, June 18. The new Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) fleet can now be seen driving Philadelphia’s roadways. Adding 24 NGVs is the equivalent of removing six vehicles from the roadway each year.

The use of natural gas vehicles will help to put Pennsylvania on a path to energy independence and create new jobs in the region. The new vehicles are powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which reduces emissions of harmful pollutants, carbon monoxide, and greenhouse gases. Natural gas is cheaper at the pump, it costs $1.50 to $2 less per gasoline gallon equivalent.

In 2013, the Department of Environmental Protection awarded $10 million in grants through its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program. PGW received $240,000 from the AFIG program to expand the NGV market in Philadelphia.

Learn more about PGW’s commitment to expanding the NGV market, available grants and technology at

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Also if you smell gas:

  • Do not use electrical devices including cell phones which may cause a spark and ignite the gas.
  • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters.
  • Do not try to locate the source of the gas leak.
  • Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves or gas appliances.
  • Do not start vehicles.
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until a PGW employee or a qualified utility representative says it is safe to do so.
  • Do not put out the flames if natural gas ignites.