More truck stations offering CNG
The role of natural gas in the commercial truck industry continues to grow as truck stops all across the nation are announcing plans to open compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations.
One place where CNG is growing is in Oklahoma where Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores have announced a schedule of grand opening events for six of 10 publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling stations. Thanks to a partnership with Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., Love’s will now offer CNG in Altus, Chickasha, Guthrie, Lawton, Norman and Oklahoma City.
The addition of those 10 new CNG stations brings the company’s CNG infrastructure count to 11 and gives Oklahoma more than 70 existing or planned public CNG stations, according to a Love’s press release. CNG currently sells for $1.69 per gallon equivalent.
With more trucks needed, the use of compressed natural gas is seen as a way to help offset rising fuel costs. While the conversation of engines to CNG can be pricy, the cost to run a truck using compressed natural gas compared to diesel fuel is much less. Many truck carriers are looking to compressed natural gas as a way to help meet higher demand for more truck and more drivers without rising their fuel bill.
From diesel to CNG trucks, the demand for more professionally trained drivers is up all across the country and many job seekers are considering a career as a commercial truck driver because of the industry’s high starting pay and long term security.