Love’s Travel Stops, based in Oklahoma City OK, has commenced the roll-out of eight fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations with capability to service Class 8 trucks on the busy highways between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. These locations will be operational by the fourth quarter of this year.
This is the first phase of construction in Love’s plan to offer more CNG locations for professional drivers at its travel stops across the country.
“The major interstate corridors between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are ideal locations to place fast-fill CNG for adopters of this natural-gas alternative,” said Jon Archard, director of fleet sales at Love’s. “A typical Class 8 truck can cover up to 450 miles after filling up with CNG, so Love’s locations near these three metro areas make sense. A gallon equivalent of CNG is significantly less than a gallon of diesel or LNG, so the drivers and fleets running on CNG see dramatic cost benefits.”
Love’s will add fast-fill CNG to the following locations in Texas: Ft. Worth, Dallas, Rockwall, Willis, Houston, Katy, San Antonio and Seguin.
Love’s began offering CNG for light-duty and consumer vehicles at locations in Oklahoma in 2010. In 2012, the company opened its first fast-fill CNG dispensers for heavy-duty trucks at the Love’s Travel Stop off Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City. “At our existing location in Oklahoma City, drivers are experiencing fill times comparable to fueling with diesel,” said Archard. “Speed is a top priority for Love’s because our fast-fill CNG dispensers are located on our diesel islands. We are focused on our customers and know professional drivers need to fuel quickly and get back on the road.”
The company has received strong interest from trucking fleets looking to take advantage of the fast-fill benefits and overall cost savings of converting to a CNG engine. Love’s is committed to making CNG more widely available at its travel stops across the country as demand continues to grow.
(Source: Love’s Travel Stops)