The building of a natural gas transportation fueling network is becoming a reality, according to Seal Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which also said compressed natural gas (CNG) service was available for fleets and individuals in seven states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Clean Energy’s report, “The Road to Natural Gas,” said 48 liquefied natural gas (LNG) stations are in operation to serve long-haul trucking fleets. Fueling resources are in place for other sectors, including refuse haulers/recyclers, public transit, airport shuttle/taxi services and trucking company/shippers/carriers as well, it said.

The report touted American Honda’s program with 65 participating dealers to provide buyers of Honda 2012 Civic NGVs with a $3,000 fuel card redeemable at Clean Energy CNG stations nationally, noting that Clean Energy completed 63 publicly accessible and private CNG stations last year and another 42 through October this year.

In the midst of Hurricane Sandy clean-up efforts, Clean Energy said its stations in New Jersey and New York City were able to keep CNG fleet vehicles operating, including emergency, transit and refuse services. Those same sectors were able to use CNG for transportation in five other storm-battered states: Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, it said.

Clean Energy said in the past three months, 25 new LNG stations in 18 states were opened, more than were opened in the first 12 months of the “America’s Natural Gas Highway” program, which now has 48 stations in operation in what is slated to be a 150-station network (see Daily GPI, Aug. 25, 2011).

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