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Love's adds CNG for trucks

Love's Travel Stops has installed a rapid-fueling facility at one of its Oklahoma City truck stops for heavy-duty trucks that run on compressed natural gas.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Modified: October 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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“For the drivers, time is money,” Love said.

Love's expects to save money by switching some of its trucking fleet to natural gas. Gemini Motor Transport LP has one CNG truck now, but Love said the company could add up to 50 in the future.

Love said the CNG truck gets fewer miles per gallon than a standard diesel engine, but there still is room to save because of lower fuel costs. CNG sells for about $2 a gallon less than diesel.

“There's a real economic incentive,” Love said.

He said he expects fleet operators and fuel providers like Love's to figure out regular routes so CNG can be added at strategic locations.

Love acknowledged liquefied natural gas will be the fuel of choice for some trucking companies looking to switch from diesel, but he maintains there are uses for both alternatives.

“It's going to take a little time for it to get traction, but it's going to be a game-changer,” he said.

The same intersection where Love's opened its CNG fueling facility also will be home to an LNG (liquefied natural gas) station. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is working to build an LNG station at the Flying J Travel Plaza across the street from Love's.