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Energy Editor Adam Wilmoth spends more money on a Big Gulp than on a gallon of fuel in his new car.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: May 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm •  Published: May 3, 2013

But, again, it's a commuter car.

The trunk has plenty of room for my laptop and camera, which is about all I carry.

Before picking up my new car last week, I first downloaded CNG Now's Fuel Finder app, which locates public CNG fueling stations on a map.

According to CNG Now, 19 stations blanket the Oklahoma City metro area with eight in Tulsa and another 45 scattered throughout the state.

Dedicated CNG vehicles are not for traveling cross country. Not yet anyway.

Stations are scattered thought the country, but with my 200-mile range, I would have a hard time making it too far outside Oklahoma.

But the efforts of Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma Natural Gas, Love's, OnCue and others have made it easy to travel on CNG throughout the state.

But I'm still a little paranoid about running out of fuel.

It's been a while since I have run out of gas, but I have cut it close several times.

In a gasoline car, running out of gas would be annoying, but it wouldn't be too difficult to walk to the nearest gas station, fill up a gas can and return to my car.

But if I run out of CNG, I'd have to have my car towed to the nearest CNG station, which might not be very near at all.

I'll probably just fill up more often, keeping plenty of gas in the tank.

Topping off my tank every few days for less than the cost of a hamburger is a small price to pay.

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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