Provider’s Third Area Station Will Support at Least 83 New Buses
Freedom CNG reports approval from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County – Houston Metro – to break ground on its third fast fill compressed natural gas fueling station in the area.
The Freedom CNG facility on Fallbrook Drive in north Houston will be built in cooperation with CenterPoint Energy Services and H-GAC, the Houston-Galveston Area Council, “further encouraging the local use of clean fuel vehicles in southeast Texas,” Freedom said.
The public access station is to open in the third quarter of this year. It will service an estimated 83 new CNG powered Houston Metro transit buses, as well as other local fleets and consumers.
Houston Metro is buying 150 CNG-fueled New Flyer NABI vehicles, counting deliveries expected next year (F&F, October 13).
“Freedom CNG’s vision for the future is to provide enough accessible, fast-fill CNG fueling stations in the Houston area for fleets to have the confidence to adopt CNG as their preferred fuel of choice,” Freedom CNG manager Bill Winters said in a release.
“When fleet owners believe they can fuel their vehicles in any area of the county, CNG adoption will occur more rapidly and become widespread,” Winters said.
100,000 Candidate Vehicles
There are approximately 100,000 short haul diesel vehicles in the eight counties surrounding Houston and it has been estimated that replacing them with CNG power over time can reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by as much as 50,000 tons per year, “resulting in an enormous improvement in air quality,” Freedom says.
“Metro’s use of CNG buses will provide another operational option that contributes to reducing dependence on foreign oil supplies while reducing emissions, being kind to the environment and the entire community,” Andrew Skabowski, chief operating officer for Metro, says in the Freedom CNG announcement.
Houston Metro’s commitment, Freedom says, “will spur CNG adoption by surrounding municipalities, school districts and governmental agencies by encouraging the use of inter-local agreements with Metro to purchase CNG fuel.”
Freedom expects to use three Ariel compressors furnished through ANGI Energy, and ANGI Gilbarco dispensers, says business development manager John Athon.
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Source: Freedom CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up