Get the Best Catalyst for Your Natural Gas Vehicle

Alternative fuels continue to play a more prevalent role as sustainability, availability of feedstocks and incentives for OEMs to develop fuel efficient engines become more significant.  With recent developments in fuel exploration leading to larger supplies of natural gas, the cost of the fuel is reduced making it a more attractive candidate for the transportation industry.

The benefits of natural gas extend beyond lower costs. The typical natural gas engine produces less soot than diesel engines, attain better greenhouse gas performance and maintain the necessary energy density for high-power applications.

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This heavy duty Kenworth Truck has been upgraded with the BASF natural gas catalyst to reduce emissions.

Though it does not currently rival the popularity of gasoline or diesel fuels, natural gas vehicles have found a home within the transportation market via stoichiometric and lean burn engines.

BASF's latest products have the potential for achieving regulated emissions levels at significantly lower precious metal loadings of previous catalysts.

While vehicles fueled by natural gas produce less soot than diesel, they still produce emissions that are harmful to the environment, such as NO (nitrogen oxide), CO (carbon monoxide) and CH4 (methane, a potent greenhouse gas).

"This is where our catalyst comes into play," says Dr. Sandip D. Shah, applications engineer. "For over a decade, we have offered the leading catalyst technology for natural gas vehicles and our solutions can be tailored to meet emissions regulations from around the world, such as US2013, Euro IV-VI, and Global Tier 4 standards."   

We leverage almost 40 years of experience in three-way catalysis (TWC) and our global resources to find or make great raw materials to custom tailor a unique TWC solution for stoichiometric natural gas vehicles.  With our improvements in raw materials, manufacturing processes and engine controls, BASF's latest products have the potential for achieving regulated emissions levels at significantly lower precious metal loadings of previous catalysts.    

We have been the market leader in this segment and continue to focus our rigorous R&D efforts on developing the next-generation of TWC for stoichiometric natural gas engines.

As the world's largest chemical company, we've got our sights locked on improving natural gas vehicles.