Adapts to Larger Natural Gas Vehicles Fleets
With an Improving Infrastructure for Fueling
Piedmont Natural Gas has opened its eleventh compressed natural gas fueling outlet and continues to work with ANGI Energy to both expand its network and update its existing stations. updated July 19
The Duke Energy utility is bolstering its own natural gas vehicles fleet too.
In addition to evaluating new locations in its tri-state service area of Tennessee and the Carolinas, “We’re also looking at infrastructure within our existing locations,” says utility natural gas vehicles director David Nestor.
More Lanes, Easier to Pay
And, in addition to the new station in Hickory, N.C., Piedmont has added new fueling lanes for heavy trucks at its existing CNG outlet in Nashville – the facility boasts an unusual multi-level layout – and it is rebuilding at Fayetteville, N.C. – “a whole new station,” Nestor says, with an eye to serving trucks plying the I-95 corridor.
Piedmont has also completed installation of a new Comdata system making it easier to use industry fleet cards across its nearly dozen locations.
For establishing the fueling infrastructure, “ANGI has been our preferred vendor,” Nestor told F&F. “We’ve really tried to standardize.”
Piedmont itself operates 469 NGVs comprising some 38% of its fleet, and “is on its way to finishing 2017 at 42%,” says a spokesman.
Most of the vehicles are Ford-chassis service trucks with bi-fuel systems from North Carolina-based Altech-Eco.
Piedmont also has four new Freightliner-chassis dump trucks with dual 40-DGE/diesel gallon equivalent fuel systems from Agility Fuel Solutions. Five more are on order.
Big Name Customers
Agility’s plant for CNG fuel cylinder assemblies is in Salisbury, N.C. Freightliner builds trucks in nearby Mount Holly.
Piedmont and the Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition (a Clean Cities affiliate in South Carolina), recently hosted an event in Spartanburg, S.C. as part of the cross-country NGVAmerica Road Rally where AT&T, UPS, Waste Management and Gaffney, S.C.-based Randolph Trucking received awards for their CNG efforts across the state.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview with Piedmont Natural Gas