Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) recently opened a new public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in San Bernardino County, Calif.
Located at 16231 Valley Blvd. in the city of Fontana, the station is designed to serve the needs of the local and regional trucking industry. Notably, it represents the largest SoCalGas CNG fueling station constructed to date.
SoCalGas also recently announced it would soon begin using renewable natural gas at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations across its service territory, as well as at six fueling stations in the San Diego area.
“The latest generation of natural gas trucks, fueled with renewable natural gas, virtually eliminate air pollution and emissions linked to climate change,” says Rodger Schwecke, senior vice president of gas transmission, storage and engineering for SoCalGas. “By giving truck drivers and fleet operators more locations to fuel up, we can put more of these trucks on the road and deliver an immediate benefit to communities, especially those along our busy freeways.”
“Fontana is proud to welcome our first compressed natural gas station to the city,” adds Acquanetta Warren, mayor of Fontana. “As one of the most important regional hubs for the U.S. trucking industry, having this CNG fueling station in Fontana will help us reduce our carbon footprint one truck at a time. We want to thank our partners at Southern California Gas Co. for bringing this valuable resource to our community.”
The location, which is just off I-10 in the Inland Empire, was selected to serve a major logistics transportation corridor, according to the utility. More than 20,000 trucks travel along the freeway each day, notes SoCalGas.
The Fontana location is the 13th public SoCalGas-operated CNG fueling station to open. There are three more currently under construction – one in Pacoima, one in Bakersfield and one in Ramona.