Cheaper and cleaner than regular gasoline, compressed natural gas is similar to the gas used in a stove or oven, but is treated to allow vehicles to reap the benefits.
“We have thousands of miles of gas already piped into the streets, so compressed natural gas is fed into compressors and then it’s compressed up to about 3,000 psi and that becomes the fuel for vehicles,” said Dick Dublinski, Director of Public Works with the City of Naperville.
Naperville’s compressed natural gas station would be built on Ogden and Jefferson avenues, and thanks to a partnership would be built by a private company for public use.
Several of the city’s public works vehicles would then be converted to use the fuel. Partners such as Waste Management and Republic could also use the station, and eventually so could everyday cars.
“It is the future, I believe this is the fuel for the next 5-15 years, I think we have a bunch of car dealerships here that have the potential to sell vehicles to our public. We have the demographic in Naperville that people are environmentally in tune and this will be one way that they can say ‘hey I can buy a vehicle,’” said Dublinski.
While city council still needs to give final approval for the station, Dublinski estimates construction could begin as early as November.
The cost of compressed natural gas is steady, around two dollars a gallon.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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