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Seal Beach's Clean Energy inks deal with Hertz

The green firm will build, operate and supply a new fueling station at LAX.

By Jenna SweeneyPublished: December 17, 2010 02:40 PM

Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels plans to build, operate and supply a new compressed-natural-gas (CNG) fueling station at LAX as part of a new deal with The Hertz Corp.

The new fueling station – Clean Energy's second public facility at LAX – will be located on Hertz-owned property near the airport and will be open 24-7 for public access.

The car-rental brand currently operates CNG airport buses that transport its customers between terminals. The new station will support its efforts to expand and transition its entire LAX fleet to CNG power by 2015, according to Hertz.

“Introducing CNG shuttle buses and fueling stations to support compressed natural gas is an integral part of Hertz’s stewardship of the environment,” said Mark P. Frissora, chairman and CEO of Hertz. “Partnering with Clean Energy reinforces our mission to minimize the environmental impact from our operations.”

The Hertz station will include access for local public and private CNG-powered taxi, van and hotel, parking, and rental-car and bus fleets. Meanwhile, a separate area will be dedicated to fueling Hertz's internal fleet simultaneously.

“The addition of the new Hertz station to our existing LAX fueling infrastructure will help Clean Energy meet fast-growing CNG fueling demands from operators of airport-related taxi, shared-ride vans, hotel, other rental-car and private-parking shuttle fleets,” said James Harger, chief marketing officer for Clean Energy.

Natural-gas fuel produces up to 30 percent and 23 percent less emissions in light-duty vehicles and medium- or heavy-duty trucks, according to Clean Energy.

“The transition by the airport industry and allied services from diesel to natural-gas fuel for ground transportation is accelerating rapidly, in response to the need to curtail emissions, decrease fuel costs and reduce dependence on imported oil," said Harger.

Construction is slated to begin in March, and the new facility is projected to be up and running in the third quarter of next year.

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