SEAL BEACH, CA -- In 2011, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. accelerated its efforts to develop a natural gas fuel infrastructure, completing 68 fuel station projects in 16 states.
Included were five LNG truck fueling stations on "America’s Natural Gas Highway."
“We increased the number of station projects completed during the year by 50 percent over 2010,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. These included stations serving transit (7), refuse (18) and airport/taxi/shuttle (28) operations around the country, as well as locations situated to support the needs of local and regional trucking and small fleets (15).
“During the second half of 2011, Clean Energy received total investment commitments of $450 million, largely to fund substantially more fueling station development going forward, particularly LNG truck fueling stations along America’s Natural Gas Highway,” noted Littlefair.
Natural gas fuel is currently priced as much as $1.50 per gallon lower than diesel or gasoline (depending upon local markets). The use of natural gas fuel reduces costs significantly for vehicle and fleet owners, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30 percent in light-duty vehicles and 23 percent in medium- to heavy-duty vehicles. Additionally, natural gas is a secure North American energy source, with 98 percent of the natural gas consumed produced in the U.S. and Canada.
Clean Energy has operations in CNG and LNG vehicle fueling, construction and operation of CNG and LNG fueling stations, biomethane production, vehicle conversion and compressor technology. The company fuels over 25,000 vehicles at 273 strategic locations across the United States and Canada, with a broad customer base in the refuse, transit, trucking, shuttle, taxi, airport and municipal fleet markets.