Pontotoc is Leader in Natural Gas Technology

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Most of the CNG conversion kit is contained in the truck bed's toolbox.

 

After the city of Pontotoc upgraded and expanded its natural gas system, it made sense to convert city vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Mayor Jeff Stafford said the city has always been on the leading edge of technology, and converting city vehicles to run on CNG is one more example of Pontotoc being an early adopter in the use of alternative fuels.

“Our gas system superintendent Sammy Jordan has many years of experience,” said Stafford. “Some might even call him an ‘old timer’. But when it comes to being knowledgeable about the latest advances in natural gas technology, Sammy is at the forefront, especially in Mississippi.”

Stafford and Jordan attended seminars about natural gas vehicles and studied the issue before recommending the city invest in its own CNG fueling station. “What you read about vehicles fueled by natural gas is true,” said Stafford. “It’s a cheaper and cleaner fuel alternative. We expect the savings associated with having natural gas vehicles in our fleet to pay off greatly for the city in the long-term.”

Pontotoc has already converted six city vehicles to dual fuel – meaning they can run on gasoline or CNG. The city has installed a modified slow fill system at its natural gas facility and may look at upgrading to a fast fill system as demand increases. Pontotoc is one of the first Mississippi cities to install its own CNG fueling station.

“Even better, we purchased our CNG equipment from a Mississippi company, NGV Solutions, and they also installed the conversion units in the city’s vehicles,” said Stafford.

Kent Meadows, vice president of NGV Solutions, said the company is working with other cities to provide the same technology and CNG cost savings. “We’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with Mayor Stafford and the folks in Pontotoc,” said Meadows. “They’re very knowledgeable about the benefits of using natural gas technology and fuels. Using Pontotoc as a model showcasing the benefits of CNG, we’re working with other cities to deploy this technology across the state.”

An Economical CNG Fueling System

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NGV Solutions developed its G-Force Model 125 compressor for operators looking for an affordable solution to enter the compressed natural gas (CNG) market.

Kent Meadows, vice president of NGV Solutions, encourages customers to install the storage and other components that would be used in a larger station, but start off with a smaller compressor such as the G-Force Model 125. Then, as their market grows, a second compressor can be added. If demand increases significantly, the smaller compressor can be replaced with a bigger one. The smaller compressor can then be sold or perhaps relocated to a new site to repeat the process with another station.

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NGV Solutions offers a Starter Fast Fill Station that includes all of the basic components for in a cost-efficient package:

  • NGV Solutions G-Force Model 125 Compressor
  • Model 125 Enclosure
  • Single hose standalone CNG Dispenser
  • Fuel Master Credit Card Reader
  • Three 30’ Storage Spheres
  • Three bank priority panel

Meadows says NGV Solutions Starter Fast Fill Station package is capable of filling most light duty vehicles at rates comparable to that found at a gasoline filling station, unless multiple vehicles are fueled back to back.

“A 5–15 minute interval between fills will enable customers to access a fully charged storage system for maximum flow rates,” said Meadows. “In the event the storage is drained by unusually heavy demand, customers will still be able to fill directly off of the compressor at about one gge/minute. In a convenience store environment, slower fill rates can actually be advantageous as customers are more likely to come inside and make additional purchases.”

The total package is priced at under $330,000, excluding site preparation, installation or miscellaneous tubing, valves and fittings. Options are also available for larger storage systems as well as a variety of dispensers.

Out of gas after the MML Conference?

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Are you out of gas after the Mississippi Municipal League’s annual conference? Or are your engines revved up with new ideas about ways to cut costs during the next fiscal year?

At the NGV Solutions booth, we talked with municipal representatives about the cost savings associated with using compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel and converting vehicles to run on CNG.

Our talking points were (and are) simple. CNG is cheaper, cleaner, and more flexible than gasoline and diesel.

  • Fuel savings of 30%–50% (or better) with CNG over gasoline and diesel.
  • Cleaner burning fuel extends engine life and reduces tail pipe emissions.
  • Engines can run on traditional fuel or CNG with the touch of a button.

If you were unable to make it to the MML’s annual conference or missed our booth, then give us a call at 601–982–1244 to talk about the services we offer, including natural gas vehicle (NGV) conversions and CNG fueling equipment sales, leasing and consulting services. Join the growing number of municipalities and companies converting their fleets to NGVs that run on CNG!

Dual Fuel Pulls Double Duty

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Most of the CNG conversion kit is contained in the truck bed's toolbox.

When he traded in his car and bought a Chevy 2500 Series truck, Denton Gibbes knew he’d pay more to fill up his gas tank. Still, the sticker shock of that first tank set him aback, and got him thinking about converting his truck to a dual fuel vehicle.

“I had a car for work and an old truck that I used on my farm,” said Gibbes. “I decided to buy a new truck that would replace both vehicles. But filling it up for the first time – that hurt.”

Familiar with NGV Solutions and the work they are doing to bring natural gas vehicles (NGV) that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) to Mississippi markets, Gibbes researched installing a conversion kit on Chevy 2500 so it could run on gas or CNG.

“Filling up on compressed natural gas costs about $2.00 a gallon, so I’m saving $1.30 to $1.50 a gallon every time I fill up on CNG rather regular gas,” said Gibbes. “I intend to drive this truck for a while, so I look at the decision to install a natural gas conversion as a long-term investment. I’m driving one vehicle instead of two so I’m saving on insurance and tags, plus paying about $50 less every time I fill up, and driving longer between fill ups.”

Gibbes said NGV Solutions installed his truck’s conversion kit at their Lakeland Drive facility in just a few days, and he’s pleased with the results.

“I fill up with CNG about once every two weeks, either at NGV Solutions’ station in Flowood, or at Waste Management’s public access CNG station in Jackson,” said Gibbes. “If I’m pressed for time and can’t get to either station, then I simply push a button and use regular gas. That’s the beauty of having a dual fuel vehicle.”

Flowood Police Patrolling with CNG-Fueled Vehicle

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NGV Solutions recently installed a natural gas vehicle conversion kit on one of the Flowood Police Department’s patrol vehicles.

The Chevy Tahoe is now a dual fuel vehicle and can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). Lieutenant David Shelton with the Flowood Police said the vehicle engine starts on gasoline. After ignition, the patrolman flips a switch so that the Tahoe utilizes CNG fuel during its night patrols.

“The convenience of NGV Solutions’ CNG-fueling station on Lakeland Drive in Flowood is an added bonus in terms of having a natural gas fueled vehicle in our fleet,” said Shelton. “We’ve had this converted Tahoe on the streets for a little more than a month.”

Shelton said the department is measuring the cost savings associated with CNG and will use that data for recommendations and decisions about adding additional natural gas fueled vehicles to the police fleet.

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