4,000-Square-Foot CNG Station and Travel Center for Chicago
Clean Energy Fuels and PMG Airport Developers are collaborating on a 4,000-square-foot alternative fuels station near Chicago O’Hare International, the Chicago Department of Aviation said Monday. updated November 5
The facility will handle compressed natural gas, CDA said, as well as biodiesel and conventional gasoline and is to include fast-charge stations for electric vehicles.
“Providing better access to alternative fuels at O’Hare provides multiple benefits for the City and the public,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a release. “We are able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, while at the same time generating revenue,” he said.
“An increasing number of vehicles using the airport are powered by alternative fuels, including taxis, and hotel and rental car shuttles,” CDA says. “The public-access travel center near the airport will offer convenient access to alternative fuels for these fleets, as well as the general public.”
The 24/7 O’Hare travel center will be built and operated by PMG and Clean Energy. It’s to include a convenience store with central pay location, a quick-serve restaurant with walk-up and drive-through service, a car wash, flight information display screens, an ATM, and wifi. The opening is planned for early 2016.
West Palm Beach with Clean Energy Too
“This innovative partnership with Clean Energy allows us to create the next generation in fuel and food options, a one-stop shop where traditional fuel, CNG, biodiesel, and electric charging stations compliment a variety of food offerings,” PMG executive VP Neysan Rassekh says in the CDA announcement.
“This could be a trend,” Rassekh told F&F – a “four-pronged approach” with CNG, biodiesel, conventional fuel and EV chargers at one facility. PMG is embarking on a combination station with Clean Energy at Florida’s West Palm Beach airport, he says, and has a similar arrangement with CNG supplier Northville at the Indianapolis Airport.
Rassekh notes that the deal in Chicago calls for CDA to get $100,000 per year in rent, as well as 5% of gross sales.
“Building out the infrastructure for CNG fuel is critical to increasing the number of green vehicles on the road,” said Clean Energy senior sales VP Peter Grace. “This CNG station will support airport traffic and serve as catalyst to help small businesses and larger fleets that are looking to improve their environmental footprint and their bottom line by switching to cost-efficient natural gas vehicles.”
Jim Harger is chief marketing officer at Clean Energy Fuels.
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Source: Chicago Department of Aviation with Fleets & Fuels follow-up