A new compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station opened in Lawrence, Kan., this week, designed to initially serve the city's own growing fleet of natural gas vehicles and those of local businesses.
Natural gas utility Black Hills Energy partnered with the city to build the facility, which was supported by a grant administered through the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition. The station is located at 1141 East 11th St.
The municipal fleet in Lawrence currently operates two NGVs – a heavy-duty roll-off waste truck and a Ford F-150 used for street maintenance – and it will soon take delivery of two Ford F-550s that will be used as dumping flat beds with 700-gallon water tanks and spraying apparatus.
The city expects to save $1.90 for each gallon of diesel displaced by CNG.