In partnership with Werner Enterprises, Oklahoma-based Love's Travel Stops has opened its first Georgian compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling location at an existing travel stop in Thomson.
Citing data from the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center, Love's says the new fast-fill station is the second CNG facility in Georgia's Greater Augusta area and the first in Thomson.
‘Customers in east Georgia, including Werner, are asking for more CNG locations and we're happy to meet that need,’ says Bill Cashmareck, general manager of natural gas for Love's. ‘Thomson is an ideal location because Interstate 20 is a major east-west route. This location will serve residents, fleets and leisure travelers who need a convenient place to fill.’
Werner, which operates more than 7,100 trucks, has taken steps to improve its sustainability. The transport company planned to purchase eight CNG trucks specifically for the Thomson area, but it lacked a reliable place to fill.
“We needed a convenient location where our drivers could have access to other necessities,” explains Steve Phillips, senior vice president of fleet resources for Werner Enterprises. “Love's has been a great business partner, so we reached out to them. The opening of this new location and others allows us to continue to invest in domestically produced energy, which is important to us and our customers.’
Love's currently has 12 fast-fill CNG locations across the U.S., and the company says six more are slated to open soon.