Public Station Will Serve Houston Distributing Company’s Peterbilts
Freedom CNG will open its second “truck friendly fast fill” compressed natural gas fueling station in Houston one week from today, on March 27. The public access facility will serve customers including Houston Distributing Company, which is deploying a new fleet of CNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors. updated with station opening photo on March 28
“Our goal is to have a total of 28 on line by June,” says HDC operations VP Ken Garland. They will operated between the Dallas area and the Port of Houston he says.
The Peterbilt trucks will have CNG cylinder assemblies by Trilogy Engineered Systems, which broke into the business last year on Kenworth vehicles through Palmer trucks in Indianapolis (F&F, March 28, 2013), supplied fuel tank arrays for some 400 trucks through December, and expects to do as many as 2,000 this year (F&F, March 4, 2014).
Palmer for the HDC Peterbilts
Palmer outfitted the Peterbilt trucks for HDC, says Peter K. Klepaida of Rush Truck Leasing in Houston. Their Trilogy CNG rigs can hold 160 DGEs – diesel gallon equivalents. Rush Truck Leasing, he notes, operates under the umbrella of PacLease, the leasing arm of Peterbilt and Kenworth parent Paccar.
The new Freedom CNG station is being inaugurated in cooperation with HDC, CenterPoint Energy and the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Freedom says, “further encouraging the local use of clean fuel vehicles in southeast Texas.”
The station has three two-hose dispensers (with room for two more), with Ariel compressor and ANGI Energy equipment, packaged by TruStar, says Freedom partner John Athon.
‘Born Out of an Immediate Need’
“Freedom CNG was born out of an immediate need for a cleaner, affordable fuel for local wood recycler and products manufacturing company, Novus Wood Group,” states the new station announcement. “Freedom CNG is dedicated to developing a fueling infrastructure for Novus’s fleet and for others interested in lowering fuel costs, playing a role in improving the air quality in Texas and reducing dependence on foreign oil.”
The company hopes to build as many as 15 CNG fueling stations in the Houston area, Athon told F&F.
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Source: Freedom CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up