Fast- and Time-Fill at Oklahoma City Service Center:
As Provider and Customer Emphasize Sustainability
FedEx Freight has purchased more than 100 compressed natural gas-fueled tractors and has installed a CNG fueling station at its Oklahoma City Service Center to serve the new fleet, says Clean Energy Fuels. “The FedEx Freight CNG fleet and fueling station in Oklahoma City are examples of FedEx connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully,” Clean Energy says.
The CNG fueling station in Oklahoma City includes a four-lane fast-fill station which, Clean Energy notes, “closely replicates a diesel fueling experience.” Also on site is a time-fill station with six zones and 18 hoses. Drivers connect their vehicles to an automated system in which the tractors are fueled over an extended period of time, typically overnight.
2.5 Million GGEs per Year
The fueling station is estimated to dispense approximately 2.5 million gasoline gallon equivalents per year. It is to be showcased at a ribbon-cutting ceremony October 11 by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, FedEx chairman and CEO Frederick Smith, FedEx Freight president and CEO Michael Ducker, Clean Energy co-founder and energy magnate Boone Pickens, and Clean Energy Fuels president and CEO Andrew Littlefair.
“A fact we take very seriously at FedEx is that people want to do business with companies who invest in making the world a better place,” Ducker said in the Oklahoma City announcement.
‘A Strong Example’
“Plus, it’s simply the right thing to do,” he said. “And given that the state of Oklahoma has been so supportive of sustainable transportation solutions, we felt this was the perfect place to set a strong example within the LTL (less than truckload) industry.”
“The use of natural gas by FedEx Freight is a natural extension of our corporate-wide efforts to provide sustainable solutions that benefit the customers and communities we serve,” said FedEx Corp environmental affairs and sustainability VP Mitch Jackson.
‘Commitment to Connect the World’
“Across the FedEx enterprise, we continuously look for ways to maximize our efficiency while advancing our commitment to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways,” he said.
“This substantial investment in CNG by FedEx not only demonstrates their continued leadership in long-haul transportation, but their decision is another example of their commitment to broader sustainable goals that now includes a new CNG truck fleet in Oklahoma City that is using a fuel that is cleaner and domestic,” said Clean Energy chief Littlefair.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up