On January 12 Clean Energy announced the route plan for phase one of America's Natural Gas Highway (ANGH), a network of fueling stations that serve major trucking corridors in the U.S. It’s a significant collaboration between Clean Energy Fuels Corp, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Pilot-Flying J Travel Centers
With around $450 million invested in 2011, the project is a game-changer, enabling the heavy-duty trucking industry to make the move to natural gas by reducing the perceived fear of range anxiety. Fleets can be anxious about switching from diesel to natural gas because they believe there is not enough fueling infrastructure in place to permit them the same range of travel. America's Natural Gas Highway will help quash those fears with its robust network of fueling stations, while also helping to alleviate the US's dependency on foreign oil.
“The support behind this initiative shows that natural gas is gaining momentum in the trucking industry as an economical and environmental solution,” said Clark Quintin, President of Westport HD. “It’s exciting to witness first-hand developments like this that will help demonstrate that natural gas has become a mainstream fuel.”
The planned network's first phase involves a backbone of 150 fueling stations, and Clean Energy anticipates that it will have 70 stations open by the end of 2012 in 33 states. The first major highway segments that are planned for early opening include those linking San Diego-Los Angeles-Riverside-Las Vegas; the Texas Triangle (Houston-San Antionio-Dallas/Ft. Worth); Chicago-Atlanta, and a network of stations along major hiqhways in the mid-west region (IL, IN, OH, MO, KY, TN, KS, OK, AL).