(Victor Valley)–San Bernardino County Department of Public Works opened a fast- and slow-fill natural compressed gas (CNG) filling station located at 210 North Lena Road, San Bernardino. There are ten slow fill hoses for the county’s heavy duty trucks and a public fast-fill, 3000 and 3600 psi pump. Currently, the public sale of fuel is only available Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with payment by check only. The station is not equipped for cash or credit card transactions at this time. Funds are being sought to install a 24 hour credit card reader for the future, which will allow the public full access anytime.
Public Works replaced six heavy duty diesel powered trucks with new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, bringing the total of heavy duty alternative fuel trucks to 19. These trucks produce approximately 90% less particulate matter than the older diesel trucks, or approximately 35 pounds less per year per truck. They also produce less carbon monoxide and nitrogen than diesel trucks, reducing greenhouse emissions by approximately 300 pounds per truck per year. Having a fuel station on site eliminates unnecessary travel time and air pollution to other CNG facilities in the nearby communities.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Committee (MSRC) provided a $25,000 grant per vehicle to help with the purchase of the six heavy duty trucks. Together with the $150,000 grant, Public Works spent approximately $1.5 million on the vehicles.
An additional $50,000 in grant money will be provided by SCAQMD, MSRC to partially offset the $125,000 cost of installing the CNG fueling station.