New Fueling Outlets Serving ‘Texas Triangle’ Highways
Love’s Travel Stops is evaluating separate equipment and construction bids for eight compressed natural gas fueling stations to support Class 8 over-the-road trucks in the “Texas Triangle” – highway locations between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
The eight new Texas Triangle stations are to be ready by year-end. “This is the first phase of construction in Love’s plan to offer more CNG locations for professional drivers at its travel stops across the country,” the company says.
“The major interstate corridors between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are ideal locations to place fast-fill CNG for adopters of this natural-gas alternative,” Jon Archard, director of fleet sales at Love’s, said in a release. “A typical Class 8 truck can cover up to 450 miles after filling up with CNG, so Love’s locations near these three metro areas make sense.”
The new locations are
- Fort Worth – I-35 W, Exit 40;
- Dallas – I-35/I-20, Exit 466;
- Rockwall – I-30, Exit 283;
- Willis – I-45, Exit 95;
- Houston – 610 Loop, Exit 24A;
- Katy – I-10, Exit 737;
- San Antonio – I-35, Exit 144; and
- Seguin – I-10, Exit 604
Love’s began offering CNG for light-duty and consumer vehicles at convenience store locations in Oklahoma in 2010. In 2012, the company opened its first fast-fill CNG dispensers for heavy-duty trucks at the Love’s Travel Stop off Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City.
Fueling Times Comparable to Diesel
“At our existing location in Oklahoma City, drivers are experiencing fill times comparable to fueling with diesel,” Archard said. “Speed is a top priority for Love’s because our fast-fill CNG dispensers are located on our diesel islands. We are focused on our customers and know professional drivers need to fuel quickly and get back on the road.”
It’s part of a longer strategy whereby Love’s will use CNG-fueled tractors to haul tanker trailer loads of conventional liquid fuels to its Travel Stops.
“The idea behind expanding our CNG network is to baseload it with our own trucking,” Love’s alternative fuels chief Kevin McCarthy told F&F.
Love’s is testing a pre-production Freightliner Cascadia with the new 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport, McCarthy says. Love’s Gemini trucking affiliate is ordering several dozen more, says an industry source.
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