Clean Energy opens two new CNG vehicle fueling stations in Chicago

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17 June 2011, LPG

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Part of a planned Chicagoland network, the new natural gas stations will support growing fleets of taxis, paratransit vehicles, service vans, refuse trucks and shuttle buses powered by clean, green, domestic natural gas.

Chicago's Taxi Medallion Management (TMM) operates over 800 vehicles in Chicago. They currently have vehicles in both Yellow and Checker taxi affiliations.

Michael Levine, the owner of TMM and chairman of both Taxi Affiliation Services LLC and American United Taxi Affiliation, Inc., entered into two 15-year contracts with Clean Energy to build and operate the two CNG fueling stations, and supply fuel to the initial TMM CNG fleet of up to 100 vehicles. Included are Ford Transit Connect and Chevy Impala taxis as well as MV-1 paratransit vehicles. In addition to serving the TMM fleet, the stations are open 24/7 for public access.

Supporting the local deployment of alternative-fueled cabs, the City of Chicago's Department of Environment has implemented a Green Taxi program, which reimburses taxi companies that purchase vehicles powered by alternative fuels or hybrid vehicles. Chicago cab companies receive from $9,000 to $14,000 for purchasing a CNG car, and $2,000 for purchasing a hybrid car. The program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis and continues until December 31, 2011.

TMM's Levine said, "Taxi Medallion Management has always been committed to providing the best possible service to our drivers and to the community at large in Chicago. To that end we have updated our fleet of vehicles, we have added the latest technology to enhance the taxicab rider's experience, and now we are taking the next step in metropolitan taxicab evolution, the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles. Our new CNG-powered fleet will drastically reduce the impact of rising fuel prices on our drivers. It will benefit the city by reducing carbon emissions, and it will help begin the process of reducing our nation's dependency on foreign fuel sources."

Source: Datamonitor

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