Compressed natural gas (CNG) will become more prevalent at airports thanks to a partnership between Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and SuperShuttle International that will provide compressed natural gas fueling services to SuperShuttle vans operating at major U.S. airports nationwide.

Under the terms of the new five-year fuel agreement, SuperShuttle vans will fuel up at existing and future public access Clean Energy CNG stations located at airports including Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, New York City, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Burbank, Ontario, Orange County, San Francisco and San Diego.

As part of the initial deployment, SuperShuttle, a shared-ride ground transportation operator, ordered 40 new CNG vans for San Francisco International Airport (SFO) through BAF, Clean Energy’s subsidiary. The new fleet will fuel at Clean Energy’s SFO station and its growing Bay Area network.

“Aware of the impact of harmful vehicle emissions on air and environmental quality, anxious to reign in fuel costs and concerned about reducing foreign oil imports, allied airport service providers like SuperShuttle are actively transitioning their fleets to natural gas fuel,” said James Harger, chief marketing officer for Clean Energy.

SuperShuttle CNG Van

A CNG SuperShuttle van transports passengers at an airport. Credit: SuperShuttle.

“SuperShuttle first deployed natural gas, shared-ride ground transportation vans in the mid-90s, setting a powerful example for America’s fleet operators to follow,” Harger added. “The company deserves special commendation for its leadership in the growing national movement to switch vehicle fleets to clean-burning, domestic, cost-efficient natural gas power.”

Costing less than diesel or gasoline, natural gas fuel produces up to 30 percent less greenhouse gas emissions in light-duty vehicles and up to 23 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions in medium to heavy-duty applications. Department of Energy reports estimate that 98 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. is sourced in the U.S. and Canada.

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