A criticism of using natural gas as a vehicle fuel has been the amount of time it can take to fill up a tank. But Meadows said the company's stations have all been designed to fill up tanks in about the same amount of time it would take to fill up a regular gasoline tank.
"It's a robust station capable of handling a lot of customers and we feel we can fuel a lot of vehicles," he said.
He said as part of the equipment testing process for the Charleston station, they lined up more than two dozen vehicles to see how quickly they could get them in, filled up and back on the road.
"We ran 28 vehicles through here in a matter of about 40 minutes," Meadows said. "To fill 28 vehicles in 40 minutes, that's pretty extraordinary."
He said the vehicles could have been filled faster, but there were some bottlenecks maneuvering some of the larger trucks off of the property and back onto Spring Street.
The station is fully automated, so it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pumps accept all major debit, credit and fleet cards for payment.
The company is selling compressed natural gas fuel for $2.19 per gasoline-equivalent gallon. The price for regular gas at the Foodland next door was $3.29 a gallon as of noon Wednesday.
In addition to the company's government and business partners, Meadows said he has already seen a number of regular people drop in to fill up their natural gas or bi-fuel powered vehicles.
"People have been following the news, and they tend to stop by and check in at the site," he said. "I think a lot of people are considering purchasing a vehicle that can run on natural gas."
He said he thinks seeing the station's canvas with it's bright blue "$2.19" display next to the red "$3.29" display next door might encourage more people to consider buying natural gas-powered vehicles in the near future.
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