Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CEFC) announced it will expand compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to four major airports in four states. The fueling stations will support ground transport vehicles and off-airport parking shuttles. The recently signed long-term agreement allows CEFC to design, build, own and operate new CNG fueling stations with 24/7 public access. The station locations include New York City, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Tampa, Fla.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is a leader in the natural gas vehicle market, and these four airports represent a growing initiative to transition fleet and transportation vehicles to natural gas. The company currently fuels more than 21,200 vehicles at 224 U.S. locations and specializes in refuse, transit, trucking, shuttle, taxi, airport and municipal fleet markets.
The planned expansion and the reliance on natural gas, a domestic and clean energy source, will lead to significant decreases in greenhouse gas emissions. A cheaper and cleaner alternative to diesel, natural gas fuel produces up to 30 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions in light-duty vehicles and 23 percent lower emissions in medium- to heavy-duty vehicle applications. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 98 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. is sourced in the U.S. and Canada.
“With these new agreements, the number of major airports that Clean Energy supports with CNG fueling services will increase from the current 23 to 27,” said Clean Energy Chief Marketing Officer James Harger. “Airports and allied ground transport services have become magnets for natural gas vehicle usage of all types in response to the need to curtail emissions, decrease fuel costs and reduce dependence on imported oil.”
John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York ranks as a leader among other airports in alternative fuel vehicles, and nearby Philadelphia International Airport’s decision to use CNG continues the airport’s green initiative. Most notably, Tampa International Airport will be Florida’s first airport to implement CNG. There will also be a new CNG station for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
“We welcome this opportunity to support forward-looking airport fleet operators and off-airport parking leaders as they transition their fleets to natural gas power,” Harger added.