A new public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station will be built by ampCNG (formerly AMP Americas) in Lafayette, IN. In cooperation with Venture Logistics, the station will be built at an existing gasoline station and will support the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant.
ampCNG said the station will supply as much as 2.5 million diesel gallon equivalents of CNG each year to heavy-duty truck fleets operating primarily on I-65.
“This initiative will reduce costs and carbon emissions for Subaru and Venture Logistics while increasing public health, driver safety and U.S. energy independence,” said Jeff Whitcomb, EVP and director of sales for ampCNG. “It also opens the I-65 corridor to other fleets waiting for more opportunities to fuel with CNG.”
Under the agreement, ampTrillium, the joint venture between ampCNG and Trillium CNG, a business unit of Integrys Energy Group, will invest more than $2.4 million to upgrade the existing Super Pantry Travel Center located at 6533 State Rd. 38 E in Lafayette, IN. The ultra fast-fill CNG station will have 2 dual hose dispensers, 4 lanes, 4 hoses, and is expected to be fully operational by the end of March, 2014.
Venture Logistics will provide Subaru of Indiana Automotive with a new fleet of 42, 2014 Freightliner and Kenworth Class 8 trucks powered by the Cummins-Westport ISX 12 G engine.
“The switch to CNG for the trucking fleet that serves our area transportation is aligned with SIA’s award-winning environmental stewardship efforts and should also generate the green dividend of cost savings for our logistics operations,” said Tom Easterday, EVP of Subaru of Indiana Automotive. “We greatly appreciate the cooperation between Venture Logistics and ampTrillium in making this possible.”