Clean Energy Completes First Stage of ‘Natural Gas Highway’ for Trucking

Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said Wednesday that with the completion of a liquefied natural gas fueling station in Missouri this month it has concluded the first stage of its “America’s Natural Gas Highway” for trucking.

The highway supports “the growing number of longhaul truckers and shippers . . . deploying heavy-duty trucks powered by natural gas,” Clean Energy CEO Andrew Littlefair said at last week’s Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking, hosted by American Trucking Associations in Arlington, Va.

Clean Energy last year received a $150 million cash infusion from Chesapeake Energy Co. to help it build the nationwide network of LNG fueling stations for heavy-duty trucks.

By the end of the year, the company said it will have completed 70 LNG truck fuel stations along highways linking major U.S. metropolitan areas, with many of the stations located at existing Pilot Flying J truck stops.

Clean Energy said that in 2013 it plans to build another 70 to 80 LNG fuel stations adjacent to longhaul trucking routes and around major warehouse distribution centers in North America.