Trussville expanding fleet of compressed natural gas vehicles, celebrating opening of CNG fueling station
March 15, 2013 9:24 AM
TRUSSVILLE, Alabama -- The price on the sign at the Deerfoot Parkway Chevron is low enough to make you do a double-take.
Compressed natural gas is sold there for $1.55 a gallon, something Trussville Mayor Gene Melton said will help the city's budget as Trussville continues converting its fleet of vehicles to ones that run on CNG.
"The price of gas is hanging at $3.50 and up. We fill up and it's a $1.55. That's a tremendous benefit to our city budget," Melton said at a Tuesday night city council meeting.
Melton made the comments as the council voted to purchase four CNG pickup trucks for the streets and parks department, adding them to a fleet of roughly 40 CNG vehicles the city has converted in the past year.
On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., city officials will hold a ribbon-cutting at the Happy Hollow Chevron at 5347 Deerfoot Parkway, where the CNG vehicles are filled.
That Chevron is the fifth CNG station in the state and one of 566 nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center. The others in Alabama are the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority on Eighth Avenue North and Alagasco operations centers in Tuscaloosa and Pell City and a Chevron station in Evergreen.
The Trussville Utilities Board provided a $1.08 million to McCullough Oil Company to set up the facility to sell CNG at the Deerfoot Parkway station.
The utilities board will receive a share of CNG sales at the Chevron station until the money is repaid, which officials have said will likely take about eight years. The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition also supported the project.
The city in 2012 began converting four cars and 34 Chevrolet Tahoes to use CNG. Melton said the city is preparing to seek bids for a dump truck that runs on CNG.
In the next four or five years, the city will likely add 20 more that either run solely on CNG or both CNG and gasoline as Trussville replaces its older vehicles, Melton said.