Stillwater-based fuel retailer OnCue Express celebrated a milestone Thursday.
OnCue has sold 3 million gallons of compressed natural gas since it began offering the gasoline alternative about three years ago.
“This is the most of any Oklahoma private-sector retailer and a national milestone,” CEO Jim Griffith said at the OnCue station at 1 NW 23 in Oklahoma City.
Gov. Mary Fallin said the milestone is great news for OnCue and Oklahoma.
“OnCue, in my opinion, is a national leader,” she said, praising the company for investing in CNG fueling infrastructure.
OnCue opened its first CNG fueling station near NW 50 and Western Avenue in 2009. Now it offers CNG at 13 locations around the state.
Griffith said CNG, which costs about half as much as gasoline, has saved OnCue customers more than $6 million over the past three years.
“That is money back in Oklahomans' pockets and in our state economy,” he said.
Griffith said OnCue is hoping to add 10 more CNG fueling stations in Oklahoma in 2013, but declined to discuss possible locations.
“We're just filling in the holes where the demand is,” he said.
Griffith praised Fallin and other state officials for their efforts to promote compressed natural gas, an American fuel that helps create jobs and cleaner air.
Fallin and her Democratic counterpart in Colorado have built a coalition of states interested in adding CNG vehicles to their fleets. Twenty-two states were part of a request this year that resulted in more than 100 bids for cars, trucks and vans that run on natural gas.
State orders vehicles
“We're changing transportation in America,” Fallin said.
Oklahoma ordered 160 natural gas vehicles last week for the Transportation Department, which plans to replace 90 percent of its fleet with such vehicles over the next several years.
Fallin said the Commerce Department is readying an order as well, with an eye toward converting half of its vehicle fleet to natural gas.