Love's to Open Two More OK Fast-Fill CNG Sites

Expand compressed natural gas in Ardmore, Webbers Falls

Love's Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Statoions / Travel Centers / Truckstops)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capabilities for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at existing travel stops in Ardmore and Webbers Falls, Okla.

Upon completion, the additions will bring the number of Love's Travel Stops in the state offering fast-fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks to four. Nationwide, the number of Love's offering CNG for heavy-duty trucks will rise to 16.

"We believe these locations will be in areas of high demand as the market for this cost-efficient fueling alternative evolves," said Bill Cashmareck, general manager of natural gas at Love's. "Ardmore will provide additional coverage for fleets that use the popular I-35 route between Oklahoma City and Dallas/Fort Worth. Webbers Falls will add another stop to our locations along I-40 that currently have or will soon be equipped with Love's Fast-Fill CNG."

The Ardmore location will be the second Love's with fast-fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks on I-35. The Webbers Falls location will be the sixth Love's on I-40 to receive fast-fill CNG. The rapidly expanding Love's Fast-Fill CNG network of locations on I-40 will give fleets the option to run on CNG from Arkansas to California.

"Love's is focused on serving both our heavy-duty customers and the general public. Love's will increase its coverage for the general public by adding a light-duty option to these two stations in addition to the existing 11 light-duty CNG stores throughout Oklahoma. Ardmore and Webbers Falls will also allow heavy-duty fleets to take advantage of Love's integrated in-lane experience, which means filling with CNG will be similar to fueling with diesel or diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)," said Cashmareck.

Love's is expanding its fast-fill CNG network at travel stops nationwide. With convenient locations close to interstates and highways, drivers have easy access to in-lane CNG. Love's Fast-Fill CNG offers a fill rate of greater than 10 gallons per minute, meaning a driver can fill a 100 gallon equivalent tank in 10 minutes or less.

The company expects that the Ardmore and Webbers Falls travel stops will be dispensing CNG to the public by spring 2015.

Fast-fill locations now open:

  1. Oklahoma City: I-40, Exit 140
  2. Willis, Texas: I-45, Exit 95
  3. Houston: 610 Loop, Exit 24A
  4. Dallas: I-35/I-20, Exit 466

Fast-fill locations coming soon:

  1.  Fort Worth, Texas: I-35 W, Exit 40
  2. Katy, Texas: I-10, Exit 737
  3. Oklahoma City, Okla.: I-40, Exit 166
  4. Rockwall, Texas: I-30, Exit 283
  5. San Antonio: I-35, Exit 144
  6. Seguin, Texas: I-10, Exit 604
  7. Amarillo, Texas: I-40, Exit 74
  8. Burbank, Ohio: I-71, Exit 204
  9. Williams, Ariz.: I-40, Exit 163
  10. Albuquerque, N.M.: I-40, Exit 158
  11. Ardmore, Okla.: I-35, Exit 32
  12. Webbers Falls, Okla.: I-40, Exit 287

The Oklahoma City-based chain operates more than 320 locations and 190 Love's Truck Tire Care centers in 39 states.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers