US Oil plans to develop a national network of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations throughout the U.S., with 50 built within the next three years. Branded as GAIN® Clean Fuel, the stations will support FST Logistics’ own CNG fleet and also may be used by other companies and by individual drivers, thus helping them meet their sustainability goals.
Currently, the Department of Energy reports 602 publicly available CNG fueling stations in the U.S. The largest clusters are in Oklahoma and around Los Angeles and San Francisco, with pockets around the western shore of Lake Michigan and along the Eastern Seaboard.
The newest, 12th, station is being built in Columbus, Ohio. “This location at the intersection of I-70 and I-270 in Columbus is ideal for CNG fleet growth and fits perfectly into our long-range strategic plan.” Bill Renz, general manager, GAIN® Clean Fuel, says. "The partnership with FST Logistics is very exciting, as we are able to develop a new fueling location for its fleet operations, saving both fuel and labor costs.”
Dave Kent, President of FST Logistics, cites energy costs and the environment as the key factors in the decision to team up with GAIN®. “We’re extremely excited about the potential of our partnership,” he says. “It will allow us to remain competitive over the long term, especially when factoring in fuel costs for our fleet.” Kent adds that the use of CNG vehicles reduces emissions and helps contribute to a healthier environment, and also reduces fuel cost – “the second-largest expense we have as a company.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, natural gas emits approximately 6 percent to 11 percent lower levels of greenhouse gases than gasoline.
FST Logistics currently has 15 vehicles in its fleet capable of CNG conversions, and new orders for 20 tractors and 8 other vehicles during the next year. The company seeks to convert all of its fleet as more CNG stations are developed throughout the country.