The Kwik Trip chain of upper Midwest convenience stores – more than 400 strong – has commenced its ambitious plan to offer alternative fuels at the retail level, opening a multifaceted alt fuels station at its headquarters in La Crosse, Wisc., and planning many more.
Equipment suppliers include ANGI Energy Systems and Clean Fuel Connection, which supplies Nanobox and Microbox units from Argentina’s Galileo.
Kwik Trip’s flagship station in La Crosse is a national standout, handling CNG (via Galileo Microbox), LNG, LPG-propane autogas, E85-ethanol, B5 and B20 biodiesel – and at-the-dispenser DEF fluid for diesel trucks. A grand opening of the Kwik Trip Fleet Center is slated for May 10.
The firm will open a second location in La Crosse, offering Nanobox compressed natural gas fueling at a Kwik Trip retail store. Another, with ANGI equipment, will open in Sturtevant, Wisc.
A fourth Kwik Trip CNG station in Rochester, Minn., also with ANGI compression, will open in the fall, as will a fifth, in Oshkosh, Wisc.
They are the first of Kwik Trip’s planned network of 20 to 30 retail CNG sales outlets.
“Kwik Trip has committed to developing a functional natural gas vehicle fuel infrastructure throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa,” the company says. It “has positioned itself to provide a better, more affordable solution to its customers and the public,” and “plans to expand availability through its current network of stores as well as building new locations, which will allow Kwik Trip to provide the best and most functional natural gas vehicle fueling infrastructure possible.”
The firm’s own distribution fleet, which logs more than 18 million miles per year, includes more than 20 NGVs ranging from light duty vehicles to Class 8 trucks.
The gala opening of the La Crosse Fleet Center on May 10 will include a trade show of fueling equipment and more than 50 NGVs.
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