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Clean Energy partners with Quarles Petroleum to increase natural gas fueling

Quarles operates 125 stations that supply the product to the Mid-Atlantic region.

By Sophia GioielloPublished: November 16, 2011 07:30 AM

Clean Energy Fuels, a natural gas provider based in Seal Beach, has teamed up with Quarles Petroleum Inc. to bring natural gas fueling services to selected Quarles locations.

Quarles controls approximately 125 fueling stations that serve commercial vehicles in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina. The commercial vehicle fleet customers have limited access to the stations by using Quarles-issued charge cards for purchasing the fuel.

Ben Wafle, president of Quarles, said, “Many of our customers are interested in natural-gas-powered vehicles for their fleets. In response, we have partnered with Clean Energy, the nation’s leading supplier of natural gas fuel for transportation, to meet our customers’ needs for natural gas fuel.”

Natural gas fuel is currently priced at $1.50 per gallon less than diesel fuel or gasoline. The use of natural gas not only lowers costs for the owners, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent in light-duty vehicles. According the Clean Energy reps, natural gas is an energy source produced in North America; an estimated 98 percent comes from the U.S. and Canada.

Greg Roche, vice president of national accounts & infrastructure for Clean Energy, said, “We welcome the opportunity to partner with Quarles and congratulate [the firm] on the decision to provide this added service to customers. With the expanding availability of light-, medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles, fleet operators across the nation are transitioning to natural gas power. Among their goals are reducing costs, adding fuel diversity to their fleets, curtailing harmful emissions and helping reduce America’s dependence on imported oil.”

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