State regulators cleared the way for PSNC Energy to sell a form of the heating and cooking fuel for automobiles.
PSNC, the Triangle's natural gas utility, plans to offer compressed natural gas to the public at three facilities that will operate 24 hours a day.
The fuel will cost $1.70 a gas-gallon equivalent -- about half the cost of gasoline -- and will be available in North Raleigh, East Raleigh and Gastonia. It can be used only by cars adapted for compressed natural gas, or CNG, such as the Honda Civic GX or a custom retrofitted vehicle.
CNG vehicles, considered to be the greenest on the planet, are typically used in municipal or industrial fleets of trucks that fill up at institutional facilities owned by government agencies or industries.