Two-Compressor Time-Fill Fueling in Tamarac for Isuzu Fleet
TruStar Energy is talking up this past week’s grand opening of a time-fill compressed natural gas fueling station for City Furniture in Tamarac, Fla.
The two-compressor ANGI Energy station at City’s Tamarac headquarters and warehouse location will support a fleet of new CNG-powered delivery trucks servicing Broward County/Fort Lauderdale-area communities. With 25 dual-hose time-fill posts, the facility can fuel 50 trucks, says TruStar’s Michael Hosfeld.
They are Isuzu vehicles with 6.2-liter GM engines, he told F&F.
Also according to TruStar, City Furniture plans to convert its entire 90-truck fleet to CNG by 2016.
The Role of Clean Cities
“We made the decision after extensive due diligence – researching vehicle manufacturers, speaking with station builders throughout the U.S. and abroad, and meeting with owners of CNG stations and county leaders aware of the (CNG) technology,” City Furniture president Keith Koenig says in the TruStar announcement.
“It is exciting to see new market segments take advantage of all the things domestic CNG has to offer – and the Koenig family, long known for their eye toward environmental responsibility, is one the first furniture delivery companies we’re aware of that is converting their fleet to CNG,” said TruStar Energy VP Scott Edelbach.
“The DoE’s Clean Cities Coalition helped us understand how to make this happen, and TruStar Energy has been terrific in guiding us through the process,” Koenig said. “We concluded that the ROI payback was strong for our company’s future, the environment and the communities we serve.”
“I like to think that my late brother Kevin, who founded the company, had an inkling of this opportunity when he chose a site for our headquarters and distribution center that’s above a natural gas pipeline,” Koenig said. “He was a visionary and a true ‘Made in America’ entrepreneur, and I know he’d be proud that we’re leading the furniture industry on CNG.”
TruStar Energy notes that it’s historically focused on constructing “behind the fence” private stations, such as the one in Tamarac for City Furniture. Over the past few years it has built approximately 60 such U.S. stations.
TruStar, the former Vocational Energy (F&F, January 14, 2013) says it “has recently expanded out to build public/private fueling stations as well as deliver CNG fuel from its own stations.”
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Source: TruStar Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up