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More NGV Stations Opening Across Country; Fleet Fueling Expanding

Newport Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened four additional fueling stations for natural gas vehicles (NGV) in Arizona, California and Kansas and said it has a series of fueling deals for fleet operators, transit and refuse customers.

Two compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Southern California opening are in the Los Angeles suburbs of Santa Clarita and Torrance. The two others are in Lake Havasu City, AZ, and Kansas City, KS.

Seaboard Transport, an existing customer, plans to expand its fueling use at the two facilities after contracting to increase CNG supplies by about 240,000 diesel gallon equivalents (DGE) annually. Seaboard currently fuels through a network of stations west to east in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Virginia.

Clean Energy also has agreed to fuel about 75 heavy-duty liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks for Potelco Inc., based in the state of Washington. Potelco provides electric and gas transmission line construction and maintenance services and is forecasting it will consume 360,000 DGEs of LNG in its operations over the next 12 months.

In the transit sector, expansions are planned for for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's 63 new CNG buses; Super Shuttle of Austin, TX's 20 CNG vans; and Torrance, CA’s fleet of 35 refuse trucks and 29 transit buses, which are slated to use about 390,000 DGEs of CNG annually. In addition, Torrance plans to add 26 CNG buses by the end of June. In the refuse sector, Clean Energy has a contract to provide up to 200,000 DGEs of CNG annually to fuel a fleet of 22 refuse trucks.

On Wednesday (April 22) in Fort Worth, TX, Evo Trillium and Central Freight Lines plan to host an opening of a CNG public-access fueling station to support Central Fright's fleet of Freightliner Cascadia tractor-trucks. The new station will have four fueling lanes, three 250 hp compressors and both NGV1 and transit-capable nozzles, according to Evo. To date, Central Freight has reportedly bought more than 100 CNG ISL G-powered trucks from Freightliner and plans to purchase 56 more vehicles.

Sempra Energy's gas utility, Southern California Gas Co., has scheduled a series of workshops in California to outline the benefits of NGVs to fleet operators. The sessions are set for May 12, Riverside Convention Center; May 19, Bakersfield; July 14, Wilmington; Sept. 15, San Diego; and Oct. 14, Downey.

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