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Love’s Blazes Westward CNG Trail

May 2, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First Public-Access Fast-Fill Facilities on I-40 West of Amarillo

Love’s Travel Stops continues its march toward a regional network of fast-fill facilities for compressed natural gas, announcing plans for in-lane fueling for trucks at plazas in Albuquerque and in Williams, Ariz. They will be the first public-access CNG outlets capable of supporting CNG-powered Class 8 vehicles along the 960-mile stretch of I-40 between Amarillo and Barstow, Calif, Love’s says.

Love's CNG network, map revised as of May 1

Love’s CNG network, map revised as of May 1

The anchor customer is Kansas-based Seaboard Foods, a food company with a foods transportation division (and a business hauling animal fats used to make biodiesel; F&F, April 16). “CNG allows us to reduce our emissions, which fits our sustainability and environmental stewardship goals,” Seaboard president and CEO Terry Holton says in Love’s latest release.

“Love’s will be able to offer customers convenient accessibility from Oklahoma City to the West Coast because of this partnership,” said Love’s natural gas GM Bill Cashmareck.

‘A Reliable and Cost-Effective Full-Service Solution’

“Love’s in-lane CNG will be a reliable and cost-effective full-service solution for motorists and fleets who want to use their existing fueling cards and also need diesel for their refrigerated trailers.”

Love’s “Fast-Fill CNG,” the company says, “gives professional drivers a similar experience to filling up with Love’s diesel or DEF. Love’s CNG stations are designed to deliver a fill rate of greater than 10 gallons per minute, meaning a driver can fill a 100- gallon equivalent tank in 10 minutes or less.”

In addition to an existing station in Willis, Texas, Love’s says that by the end of this year it will have Class 8-capable CNG outlets in

  • Fort Worth – I-35 W, Exit 40;
  • Dallas – I-35/I-20, Exit 466;
  • Rockwall, Texas – I-30, Exit 283;
  • Houston – 610 Loop, Exit 24A;
  • Katy, Texas – I-10, Exit 737;
  • San Antonio – I-35, Exit 144;
  • Seguin, Texas – I-10, Exit 604;
  • Amarillo – I-40, Exit 74;
  • Oklahoma City – I-40, Exit 140 (open now);
  • Oklahoma City – I-40, Exit 166;
  • Burbank, Ohio – I-71, Exit 204;
  • Williams, Ariz. – I-40, Exit 163; and

The newly announced station on I-40, Exit 158 in Albuquerque is to open in the first half of 2015. Love’s has also been designated for funding by Pennsylvania for three CNG fueling outlets there (F&F, February 1).

ACT Expo Is Next Week

Love’s will promote its budding “CNG Fast-Fill” network with conference participation and booth display at ACT Expo next week.

ACT Expo – North America’s largest clean vehicles event – takes place May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. It is co-located with NGV Global 2014, the world natural gas vehicles meeting.

The Alternative Clean Technology Expo & Conference is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

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Source: Love’s Travel Stops with Fleets & Fuels follow-up




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