As we all know and have heard a million times using NG as a vehicle fuel is the ultimate "Chicken VS Egg" scenario. Nobody wants to build stations if there are no vehicles and nobody wants to buy a vehicle with no station to fill it.
I have been watching the number of CNG Natural Gas stations coming online and I think we are starting to see the beginning of getting enough filling stations open to start really gaining real momentum. A year ago when I started tracking the number they were opening at a rate of less than one per every two weeks. About six months ago it was one per week and a half. The last 12 weeks the number has increased by 18 or about 1.5 per week. Granted that is still only about 80 new stations per year but when only 560 are open that is a 15% increase. By the end of 2013 if the trend continues it will be greater than 2 per week. These are not all CLNE CNG stations but just the total number. I know the number is not great but as a fleet owner I would not buy a NG vehicle with just 200-300 stations open (The number five years ago). However once you start thinking about 1000 stations open it becomes alot more realistic to drive around the country and be able to fill a vehicle.
Looking at the NG station map what you are seeing is once there is a size able local concentration more stations come online in the outlying areas to service these vehicles. LA and Oklahoma city used to only have a bunch of stations located in the city. As those vehicles need to travel outside of the city demand creates new stations. If you go a hundred miles out of Oklahoma city in any direction there are at least 10 filling options where there used to be only one or two.
Unfortunately I still don't have any in my area. I have 35 service trucks I would convert right now if we had a refueling network in central VA.
nice write up, how many were aroung say 10 yrs ago? I bet not too many... Will be curious to see how fedx, likes the ng conversions, I think they said they have like 12 or so in trial? Now, should they say yes to this,, and start conversion process, look out Sally... Service trucks you have are?
I actually called CLNE about six months ago. I am in an industrial area of about 500 small to midsize businesses. The reason I called is that FEDEX is building a new terminal 1/2 mile from my office. It's a large terminal with about 400K Sq feet and 200 dock doors. It probably services 300-400 vehciles daily. The reason I called CLNE was that it already had a NG pipeline with some type of headworks (valves, switches, indicators) etc on the corner of the property. I thought if any Fed Ex location in the country would be good for a NG fleet this would be a prime opportunity. They thanked me and said they would look into it but not sure if anything happened. Visually nothing has happened with regard to adding any NG filling area to the parking lot.
Don't mind rbtsherman, he doesn't like CLNE to the point of posting jibberish. Your refueling network will come in time :) and you would be wise to hop onto the low /NG costs when you can
Do you have a gas pipe near your location
If not move to where there is one near you location?
You have not said if your trucks report to your business every day
If they do than put in your own station and your gas company will sell it to you for about 80 cents a gallon
You probably could get some one to lease the pumps and storage tank and these come already assembled
so installation cheap
Wprt has said that most buying their 12 l are going to use their own facilities