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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is adding fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability to service Class 8 trucks at eight of its travel stops on highways along the Texas Triangle of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. These locations will be operational by the fourth quarter of the year.
"The major interstate corridors between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are ideal locations to place fast-fill CNG for adopters of this natural-gas alternative," stated Jon Archard, director of fleet sales at Love's. "A typical Class 8 truck can cover up to 450 miles after filling up with CNG, so Love's locations near these three metro areas make sense. A gallon equivalent of CNG is significantly less than a gallon of diesel or LNG, so the drivers and fleets running on CNG see dramatic cost benefits."
The eight new additions constitute the first phase of construction in Love's plan to offer more CNG locations for professional drivers at travel stops across the country. They will be located at:
- Ft. Worth - I-35 W, Exit 40
- Dallas - I-35/I-20, Exit 466
- Rockwall - I-30, Exit 283
- Willis – I-45, Exit 95
- Houston – 610 Loop, Exit 24A
- Katy – I-10, Exit 737
- San Antonio – I-35, Exit 144
- Seguin – I-10, Exit 604
Love's first began offering CNG for light-duty and consumer vehicles at locations in Oklahoma in 2010. In 2012, the company opened its first fast-fill CNG dispensers for heavy-duty trucks at the Love's Travel Stop off Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City, according to the announcement.
"At our existing location in Oklahoma City, drivers are experiencing fill times comparable to fueling with diesel," Archard added. "Speed is a top priority for Love's, because our fast-fill CNG dispensers are located on our diesel islands. We are focused on our customers and know professional drivers need to fuel quickly and get back on the road."
Love's stated it has received strong interest from trucking fleets looking to take advantage of the fast-fill benefits and overall cost savings of converting to a CNG engine, and it is committed to making CNG more widely available as demand continues to grow.
The family-owned, Oklahoma City-based Love's currently operates 300 locations and 160 Love's Truck Tire Care centers in 39 states. The company plans to open 25 new travel stops this year.