Differing business models in CNG refueling could be complementary

Various companies are putting forth competing technologies as the industry of developing natural gas as a vehicle fuel grows.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: September 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: September 19, 2013
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In the effort to develop natural gas as a vehicle fuel, various companies are putting forth competing technologies.

For now, at least, most players are working together for what they see as the greater good.

Chief among the friendly competition is the option on how to refill a compressed natural gas vehicle.

Retailers such as OnCue Express and Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores have invested millions of dollars to add CNG pumps to some of their gas stations throughout Oklahoma and the region.

They have plans for many more.

At the same time, companies like Whirlpool Corp. and Italy-based MTM are developing home refueling stations that can be installed in garages and at businesses.

The success of one option could drive away precious business from the other option.

Missing out on business is especially critical now because there are so few customers. But it may be precisely because the market is so small that everyone is so intent on playing nice.

“I love it,” Matt Feighner, regional vice president for Clean Energy Fuels Corp., said this week of home fueling stations.

“Let's go after all of that. I'd have one in my house if the price were cheep enough. We're going to have everyone in this line of business getting into this fuel,” Feighner said.

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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