AAA Mid-Atlantic, in partnership with Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), Air & Gas Technologies and the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EPACT), has completed a time-fill CNG fueling station located at their Philadelphia, PA Fleet Depot. The new facility supports AAA Mid-Atlantic’s 23 CNG battery trucks via 12 time-fill hoses and is the first of its kind in AAA Club Alliance’s territory.
“We have been committed to employing alternative fuels to both control costs and protect the environment,” said Mike Matijkiw, Fleet Business Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “The new CNG station helps us take advantage of several programs that reduce our operational costs and support our continued investment in alternative fuels.”
Thanks in part to the funding support of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant program and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Alternative Clean Energy program, AAA recently completed the construction of its first CNG station at their Philadelphia Fleet Depot. Funding from these schemes drove down the capital costs for the station by 50%. Utility incentives from PGW further supported the project, making it cash flow positive from day one.
“PGW is proud to partner with AAA to expand the availability of compressed natural gas and contribute to the environmental health of the city and region,” commented Florian Teme, Vice President of Marketing at PGW. “Using CNG rather than gasoline or diesel helps to reduce carbon emissions and is a more economical fueling source, which will be beneficial to AAA and its membership.” PGW also has its own fleet of CNG Honda Civics.
Designed and developed by Air and Gas Technologies, the station has a daily capacity of 450 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) to supports AAA’s NGV fleet today and into the future. The facility compresses natural gas on-site, allowing AAA to fill up on CNG while the vehicles are parked overnight. Having access to fueling on site has eased range anxiety and saved time that was formerly spent driving to the public CNG station at the airport.
Another first this station brings to the city is the company’s use of renewable natural gas. Filling the AAA’s 23 CNG trucks with biomethane offsets their carbon footprint by over 300 tons of CO2 per year over fossil natural gas, supporting Philadelphia’s 80×50 goals and promoting clean air in the communities they serve.
AAA Mid-Atlantic is a long-standing member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation, a Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition tasked with helping fleets switch to cleaner fuels. Through interactions with the coalition, AAA worked with fellow members PGW and Air & Gas Technologies to identify grants for the station.
Source: Philadelphia Gas Works