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Love’s puts in CNG rapid-fueling facility for heavy-duty CNG trucks

Love’s, which is based in Oklahoma City, has put in CNG fueling stations at about 12 locations in Oklahoma and the Oklahoman said the truck stop chain expects to save money by switching some of its trucking fleet to natural gas.

The Trucker News Services

10/10/2012

OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s has opened a natural gas “rapid-fueling” facility at I-40 and Morgan Road here for heavy-duty CNG trucks, prompting Love’s CEO Tom Love to call it “a thing of beauty.”

It’s thought to be the first public facility in the U.S. that’s located alongside diesel pumps, and Love told the Oklahoman newspaper that “It seems like a no brainer because natural gas is so much less expensive than diesel or gasoline.”

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was on hand for the opening and praised Love’s for making the Sooner state a “trendsetter.”

She said because Love’s is willing to build out the infrastructure for CNG, the demand for natural gas-powered vehicles will grow.

Fallin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have sought help from 13 other governors to commit to buying natural gas vehicles for their state fleets, the Oklahoman reported.

Love’s is also testing a CNG-fueled truck in its own 300-vehicle fleet.

Love’s, which is based in Oklahoma City, has put in CNG fueling stations at about 12 locations in Oklahoma and the Oklahoman said the truck stop chain expects to save money by switching some of its trucking fleet to natural gas.

CEO Love called natural gas “a game changer” for the trucking industry.

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