Troy, Ohio Station Follows Marysville Opening
Trillium CNG has opened a second compressed natural gas station in Ohio for American Honda. The new public access CNG station in Troy follows the CNG station that opened in August 2015 in Marysville.
These CNG stations provide clean fuel for Honda of America Manufacturing’s carrier distribution network, and is open for other CNG-powered vehicles to use. It’s part of Honda’s continuing effort to minimize the environmental impact of its operations and to reduce total company CO2 emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050.
“The American Honda Parts and Service Division is pleased to partner with Trillium on a Natural Gas fueling option at our Troy, Ohio site. We have been using CNG in California with great success, and testing it in Texas as well. We are very excited about this new opportunity to expand our CNG network and reduce emissions, while maintaining world class delivery service to our dealerships,” said Steven Bailey, Honda’s vice president, parts operations, in a press release.
Configured for Expansion
The Troy station currently has two dispensers, with four hoses, installed under a canopy. Trillium CNG installed its proprietary HY-C hydraulic intensifier, three storage vessels, and two Ariel 250 hp compressors.
Like the Marysville station, it was designed with a standard configuration for a larger fueling site with the potential of up to eight dispenser islands, says David George, managing director of business development at Trillium CNG. These are unmanned CNG stations open 24-7, which can service everything from pickup trucks to Class 8 trucks.
Honda’s mission is to encourage and facilitate suppliers and logistics partners to adopt and expand CNG use in the trucks used in support of Honda operations. The public CNG stations minimize the environmental impact of its parts distribution operations through its “green fleet” programs.
Ideal Market for CNG Growth
Honda’s manufacturing facilities are in the hub of the Midwest CNG market for OEMs and their suppliers, George said. Vehicle manufacturers are in based in the tri-state region of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Tennessee continues to be a strong market for CNG as well, with the new Honda CNG stations well positioned for carriers to refuel on their set routes.
Honda also appreciates CNG price stability for its carriers compared to the volatility of diesel prices. CNG is bringing end users “budget certainty, and it’s part of the ROI for upfitting to CNG tractors,” George said.
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Source: American Honda and Trillium CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up