Commonwealth Journal


February 7, 2013

City’s natural gas pump should be up and running in 2-3 weeks


Somerset —

  “A natural gas-powered car is just like any other car,” said Girdler. “The only difference is a slightly larger tank for compressed natural gas and a different injection system. A full tank of natural gas has pressure of 3,600 psi (pounds per square inch),” said David Hargis, manager of the fuel center.
  “We get about 32 mpg with this one,” said Girdler, referring to the Honda Civic. Compressed natural gas is a gas measured in gallons. “If you put 10 gallons in the tank, you can drive more than 300 miles,” Girdler noted.
    “I drove to Lexington and back in this Honda Civic for less than $5 worth of natural gas,” Girdler said recently. “It’s totally unbelievable!”
  Some 10-15 vehicles a week are currently filling up with compressed natural gas by appointment at the fuel center. A single pole dispenser is being used by city employees to fuel the vehicles, one from as far away as Salt Lake City.
  “We miss a lot because people come through when we are not open,” said Girdler. He expects business to really pick up when credit cards can be used and the pump is open around-the-clock.

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