Station for Honda Manufacturing is the First of Two in Ohio,
Glenwood Springs Station Backed by Colorado Energy Office
Trillium CNG has opened a new compressed natural gas fueling station at the American Honda factory in Marysville, Ohio. It’s the first public access CNG station on Honda property in North America, Honda says.
A second Trillium CNG station for American Honda is under construction in Troy, Ohio. It’s slated to open in October.
Honda, which recently discontinued its dedicated-CNG Civic Natural Gas sedan (F&F, June 16), is emphasizing the vale of natural gas as a truck fuel.
‘Honda Is Not Walking Away’
The station will be used by existing Honda suppliers, the company says, and is intended to “encourage and facilitate suppliers and logistical partners to adopt and expand its use in the trucks used in support of Honda operations.”
“Honda is not walking away from natural gas as a fuel,” says one close observer.
“This new CNG station will help reduce the impact of the delivery to our plants in Ohio of more than eight million parts each day,” Honda of America Manufacturing executive VP Tom Shoupe said in the company’s Marysville CNG announcement.
‘A Significant Impact on Emissions’
“For those carriers utilizing CNG trucks, and by encouraging more to do so, this new station will make a significant impact on emissions, and nicely complements the many environment efforts we make with our own manufacturing operations,” Shoupe said.
“Ohio remains a pivotal state in our infrastructure development plans due to its proximity to several major interstates and key shipping lanes,” Trillium CNG VP Joel Jansen says in the Honda release. The station will feature Trillium’s new proprietary fast-fill 7-inch HY-C hydraulic intensifier compressor, he said, “allowing multiple heavy-duty vehicles to fuel faster than ever across multiple lanes.”
Designed for Class 8 Fast Fills
The new station at the interchange of Route 33 and Route 739 in Marysville has three Class 8 dispensers for over-the-road carriers and can also serve customers who drive CNG-fueled passenger cars.
Separately, Trillium says it broke ground August 10 for a new CNG fueling outlet in Glenwood Springs, Colo. with Western Tank Lines as the anchor tenant.
The public access station at a Shell West Mart off Interstate-70 between Denver and Grand Junction will be open 24/7 with a single dual-hose dispenser serving two fueling lanes.
Trillium has a $90,000 grant from Garfield County, a $10,000 grant from the City of Glenwood Springs, and a $442,880 grant from the Colorado Energy Office. The station “will fill a critical network link along Interstate 70,” CEO transportation program manager Wes Maurer says in Trillium’s Glenwood Springs announcement.
Trillium notes that it built and operates the private CNG station in Glenwood Springs that supports the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s VelociRFTA Bus Rapid Transit service (F&F, February 19, 2013).
Trillium has also been named as a CEO awarded for a new CNG station in Gunnison, Colo.
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Source: American Honda and Trillium CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up