A new natural gas filling station has been opened at Fort Erie in the Niagara Region of Ontario, just across the river from Buffalo, NY. The opening continues Canada’s drive to offer greener choices while reducing pollution. Envoy Energy Fuels Inc. (Envoy Energy) and Truk-King Logistics Inc. (Truk-King) started construction on the public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in February.
Natural Resources Canada is providing $1 million to Envoy Energy Fuels Inc., a leading CNG mobile fuel provider serving customers across Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative. The funding is part of the government’s $182.5-million investment to establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors, open hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres and develop a fast-charging network for EVs. This investment will also ensure Canada–U.S. alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.
Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that cleaner transportation options are a necessity for Canada’s low-carbon future. The Government of Canada continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada’s green future, and help us reach our domestic and international climate targets.
Fort Erie CNG Station
The CNG cardlock station, located at 1521 Bowen Road, includes four fast-fill lanes for heavy-duty vehicles and 2 dedicated lanes for filling large capacity tube trailers for Envoy Energy’s mobile CNG refuelling operations. The station, located along Ontario’s QEW highway and just minutes from the U.S.-Canada Peace Bridge border, has the capacity to fuel Class-8 trucks in approximately 5 minutes and over 200 trucks each day.
Truk-King was the first third-party carrier fleet in Ontario to adopt CNG when they switched one third of their fleet to CNG in early 2018 and plans to have its entire fleet of Class-8 trucks running on natural gas by the end of 2019. The station will provide Truk-King access to a reliable source of CNG fuel while removing emissions control issues with diesel engines and reducing their fuel costs and overall carbon footprint.
“Transitioning my fleet to CNG positively impacted my bottom line by significantly reducing my operating cost per mile in comparison to diesel”, said Rick Bacon, President of Truk-King Logistics.
The transportation sector accounts for 40% of carbon dioxide emissions and up to 90% of the pollutants that cause smog. CNG is the cleanest-burning transportation fuel for heavy-duty trucks on the market today, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 25%.
Additional CNG benefits include significant fuel cost savings and up to 90% fewer particulate emissions when compared with diesel. Natural gas vehicles reduce maintenance costs and driver downtime by eliminating exhaust after-treatment (emissions) issues and unpredictable diesel engine shutdowns.