NGV Road Rally Continues Across Country with Multiple Stops
The “From Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally” continues across the across the country with successful stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee. The coast-to-coast tour is showcasing a fleet of CNG vehicles as they travel through 13 cities, from Long Beach, California, to Washington, D.C., from May 30 to June 10. The purpose of the rally is to demonstrate the viability of natural gas as an alternative fuel source and to educate the public about the benefits of natural gas vehicles.
In Albuquerque, the local Love’s Travel stop CNG station located off I-40 hosted the event. The Albuquerque Transit Department is one of the local users of natural gas with its fleet of CNG ABQ Ride buses. Albuquerque also serves as an important fueling hub for heavy duty NGVs passing through the area. Sherrie Merrow, NGVAmerica’s Chair, State Government Advocacy Committee, was on hand and spoke at the event to help tout the benefits of natural gas as a transportation fuel.
In Oklahoma City, NGVAmerica President Matthew Godlewski spoke alongside Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and other NGV advocates. Fallin confirmed the state’s commitment to encouraging further CNG development. Already, CNG retailers recently met a Fallin administration goal of having at least one CNG filling station every 100 miles on the state’s interstate highways.
“Natural gas is an abundant source of energy, a clean source of energy and one that can save money for our state and nation,” said Fallin. “And it’s a national security issue when we are using American-made energy.”
In Little Rock, the Rally stopped at the City of Little Rock’s CNG station. The City displayed various NGVs, including a Rock Region Metro CNG bus, CNG trolley and CNG tractor. An awards ceremony was held to honor several state and community leaders who have helped shape the CNG market in Arkansas. Representatives answered questions, and the event featured fueling demonstrations.
In Memphis, Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW), a local advocate and user of natural gas as a transportation fuel, hosted the Rally stop. MLGW opened its South CNG Filling Station last year, the second owned by the company, and MLGW operates a fleet of nearly 100 NGVs.
NGVAmerica, the American Public Gas Association (APGA), and American Gas Association (AGA) are the “From Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally” presenting sponsors. The Rally will continue with stops in Trenton, Dickson and Sevierville, Tennessee; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Greenville, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Washington, DC.