Thanks to New York-based developer TruStar Energy, Southwest Florida’s first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station recently opened at 5345 Dividend Dr. in Fort Myers, strategically located on the I-75 corridor midway between Tampa and Fort Lauderdale
Open 24/7, the fast-fill station can service hundreds of vehicles using compressed natural gas every day with two pumps using compressors manufactured by Ariel Corp. Drivers can use commercial fuel cards or credit cards for payment.
"Ariel is pleased to be the trusted compressor provider for another TruStar Energy and ANGI Energy Systems project," Brad Couch, Ariel Corp.’s CNG business development manager, said. "Ariel is excited for local businesses in Fort Myers as well as those fleets that travel the I-75 corridor to be able to an finally take advantage of clean and domestic CNG."
Compressed natural gas delivers a winning combination for Florida fleet operators. Not only does it contribute to lowering exhaust and carbon emissions, but its prices are exempt from the volatility of diesel and gas market fluctuations. Additionally, engines using CNG run at dramatically lower decibel levels, diminishing roadway noise pollution as well as atmospheric discharge.
"Florida already has a high volume of CNG vehicles on the road today, and even with low diesel prices, we continue to see more fleets switching to CNG from diesel,” Adam Comora, TruStar Energy president, said. “CNG is cleaner, domestically produced and abundant, and resistant to price volatility. Close to several major fleets, as well as a heavy traffic corridor, our new Fort Myers station will be a valuable and productive resource for businesses in the area."
Tru-Star opened several CNG stations nationwide in 2015, including an Orlando site plus locations in Oklahoma and Louisiana.
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