Truck drivers looking for a natural gas fueling station won’t have to look further than their smart phones when Clean Energy releases a station locator app.
The app, slated to be released for the iPhone by year’s end, will complement Clean Energy’s Web-based fueling station locator, the company said Dec. 5.
There soon will be more stations to locate, as Clean Energy completes the first stage of its nationwide network of liquid natural gas fuel stations for heavy trucks.
By the end of 2012, Clean Energy will have 70 LNG fueling stations strategically located along Interstate highways, many of them at Pilot Flying J truck stops.
The Seal Beach, Calif.-based company said it plans to build 70 to 80 LNG fuel stations in 2013 adjacent to long-haul trucking routes and warehousing centers.
Clean Energy’s LNG station build-out comes as more motor carriers look on natural gas, both LNG and compressed natural gas, as an alternative to diesel.
"We have created America's Natural Gas Highway to support the growing number of long-haul truckers and shippers who are deploying factory-built, heavy-duty trucks powered by natural gas fuel," Clean Energy President and CEO Andrew Littlefair said at the American Trucking Association's Natural Gas and Trucking Summit in Arlington, Va., last week.
Energy giant Shell Oil and truck stop chain TravelCenters of America are also building a nationwide natural gas fueling stations for heavy-duty trucks.
Natural gas providers expect a boost in demand as engine makers roll out heavy-duty natural gas engines better suited to long-haul work in early 2013.