Home Fueling Available as ‘OEM’ Equipment in Arizona Houses
In the nation’s first such initiative, Arizona’s Fulton Homes is offering fully installed and separately metered Phill home units from BRC FuelMaker as an option in nearly 700 new houses being built in Queen Creek, southeast of Phoenix.
It’s a cooperative program with Southwest Gas and Mesa-based CNG Services of Arizona (CNGaz), which installed the Phill in a Queen Creek model home’s “Energy Center” garage and stands ready for more as demand warrants.
The option is priced at approximately $6,000. In addition to the gas line and meter, it includes two 220-volt outlets – one for the BRC FuelMaker Phill and a second on the other side of the garage, ready to support a Level II electric vehicle charger, says CNGaz president Dave Clement.
An early participant in the Fulton Homes program was AutoNation Honda Chandler, which supplied the Honda Civic Natural Gas being used to promote the program. That vehicle has been discontinued (F&F, June 16), but is available from inventory.
“Homes equipped with a CNG filling station will receive a separate gas meter from Southwest Gas,” Fulton says. “The rate for natural gas will be the residential rate which costs less than the commercial rate and is much more affordable than regular unleaded gasoline.
“Another great advantage of fueling up at home,” the company says, is that you will have unlimited access to the carpool lane, saving you precious time on your daily commute. You will also pay less to register your vehicle.”
Fulton sales personnel stand ready to advise customers on NGV options other than the Civic.
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Source: Fulton Homes with Fleets & Fuels follow-up