Cheaper, cleaner fuel option comes to Hays County semi truck drivers

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There’s a new fuel option for drivers in Hays County.

Amp Americas officially opened a new Compression Natural Gas station in Buda Monday morning.  

Built at 1529 Turnersville Rd., right next to the US Foods distribution center, the station will help fuel almost an entire fleet of 18-wheelers.

In total, US Foods says it runs 55 18-wheelers out of its facility and 50 of the trucks operate with CNG.  

“This is just another example of looking at better ways to help the environment and to help our efficiency at US Foods,” said US Foods VP operations excellence supply chain Dario Skocir.  

According to Amp CNG, CNG is cheaper than diesel, cleaner than diesel and the fuel used in Texas was made in Texas.  

“This is a Freightliner truck right off the factory floor, it’s a standard unit, it drives the same, it pulls the same and it carries the same type of load,” said Amp CNG oo-founder Steve Josephs. 

With expensive vehicles or conversions and stations that are few and far between, it’s not practical for many individuals to make the switch to CNG. But, corporate fleets can make a big impact on pollution.

“Take the reduction in greenhouse gasses, take the 90 percent reduction in NOx emissions which is a significant component of smog and air pollution. If we get a fleet that converts 20 trucks, 30 trucks, 50 trucks in the case of US. Foods, we start to talk about really significant numbers that have a really big impact,” said Josephs. 

The station in Buda is the city’s first CNG station and is open to the public. There are only a handful of stations offering CNG in our area and even the state. The U.S. Department of Energy says there are just three CNG stations in Austin. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has the most in Texas with 24, and Houston has 20. 

In all, Texas has 80 stations with natural gas for sale. While that may not sound like a lot, that’s actually the third highest number in the country. Only Oklahoma and California have more. 

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