In an effort to promote the America’s Natural Gas Highway project, Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is planning to open 70 natural gas stations in 33 states by the end of 2012.
Clean Energy’s president and CEO, Andrew J. Littlefair, says the company has already successfully begun its transition to natural gases.
“Already, Clean Energy has engaged over 100 shippers, private fleets and for-hire carriers that have shared their operations to qualify the economic opportunity of operating natural gas trucks, which has helped us, in turn, plan the first phase of the natural gas fueling highway.”
Clean Energy is reputed to be North America’s leading provider of natural gas fuels for transportation, as well as a top consumer base in transit, trucking and other transportation markets. Fueling over 25,000 vehicles in 273 locations across the U.S. and Canada, the firm is becoming a global leader in the expansion of natural gas fueling in both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The use of natural gases reduces the cost of vehicles and other transportation fleet owners, and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in vehicles by 23 percent. Natural gas is also a secure energy source produced naturally in the U.S. and Canada.
Many of the proposed natural gas stations will be located at Pilot-Flying J travel centers, one of the nations largest truck stop operators. Some of the proposed stations will be included on major highways linking San Diego to Los Angeles, and Riverside to Las Vegas, to accommodate the heavy truck traffic.
The opening of the new natural gas stations coincides with the arrivals of new natural gas truck engines, from truck manufacturers such as Cummins-Westport, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar.
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