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New Fuel Alernative in Knox County

Knox County is now home to one of three CNG natural gas fueling stations in the state. Partnering with Bestway Express, the station is filling up around 25 semis that can now take both diesel and methane.
With gas prices over $3 across the country, many are still trying to find alternative ways to cut costs.

But there's a new option for Vincennes truck drivers and even some motorists.

It's a trend that's starting to pick up some speed across the country, and can cut fuel costs almost in half.

Knox County is now home to one of three CNG natural gas fueling stations in the state.

Partnering with Bestway Express, the station is filling up around 25 semis that can now take both diesel and methane.

Truck fleets consume two-million barrels of oil a day, making fuel the number one cost. And this new alternative can make a big impact on those company's budgets.

"If you can lower that expense base by two dollars a gallon, from $4 to $2 a gallon, that's a big expense saving the bottom line," said Jeff Woods, president of CNG.

And it's not just semis who can take advantage of the product.

Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge all have truck models that can run on natural gas, and even some Honda Civics has been modified to take the fuel.

"Anybody can fill out here, we have AT&T bands, we have Indiana Department of Transportation service trucks are coming through, and we hope to seem more heavy-duty trucks also using the station besides the tractor-trailers that Bestway has," Woods explained.

And that lower price is more stable than what you typicaLly see at the pump.

All of the natural gas comes from right here in the U.S., and we currently has over 110 years of a reserve.

"We can supply all of our own fuel for all of our transportation and remove our dependency from diesel," said Woods.

And experts say these new pumps are a sight you should get used to:

"We hope this to be the third, but certainly not the last, CNG station we are building in Indiana," said Woods. "Indiana is one of the leading states in the country in developing natural gas as transportation fuel, and we hope to continue to be a big part of the infrastructures."

Right now there are around 100,000 vehicles on the roads that are powered by natural gas and 11 million world wide.

Experts say you can expect those numbers to grow exponentially in the next several years.
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