IGS Energy has opened its first compressed natural gas fueling station in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The station is part of a plan to offer CNG along the I-79 corridor between west central West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania. IGS said in January 2013 that it would build and operate a network of CNG stations along I-79 -- from Charleston, W.Va. to Mount Morris, Pa. – for around $10 million.
IGS President Scott White disclosed that the CNG stations will be located in the same areas where drivers also fill up with diesel or gasoline. He noted that fueling with CNG takes around the same amount of time as fueling with diesel or gasoline.
He, however, noted that CNG is much cheaper than diesel or gasoline, at a price point of $2.19 a gallon. A lack of refueling stations has undermined demand and sales of CNG-powered vehicles, although they appeal to fleet users that operate on fixed delivery schedules.
Honda sold 1,599 units of its Civic GX -- the best-selling natural gas-powered vehicle in the US -- in the first eight months of 2013, according to hybridcars.com. Ford recently said that its 2014 Transit Connect could be converted to run on CNG.
Private businesses along the I-79 corridor have started converting vehicle fleets to CNG. The West Virginia Department of Highways is also planning to use CNG-powered vehicles. White remarked that while around 90 percent of users of CNG stations are fleet vehicles, carmakers are developing CNG vehicles.