Propel Fuels has opened up a refueling station in Fresno, CA, that's much more than just a gas station. It's a "Clean Mobility Center" that offers E85 and biodiesel from local producers along with conventional fuels, letting drivers make their own choices. Yet it's much than a fueling station – drivers can offset carbon from their fuel purchases, improve their vehicle's fuel economy, find public transport, tune their bicycles and do a bit of recycling.
Propel launched its Clean Mobility Center campaign last year, but this is the first fuel station of its type in the Fresno area. Located at 4994 E. Ashlan Ave., it's the first station in Fresno to offer E85 flex fuel and biodiesel, which are sourced from local California producers; biodiesel comes from Community Fuels in Stockton and ethanol from Calgren Renewable Fuel in Pixley.
For Propel Fuels, it's a way to reprogram the image and role of fuel stations in a community, and to promote consumption of renewable biofuels instead of consumers being stuck with conventional gasoline and diesel. In California, there are more than one million drivers behind the wheels of flex-fuel vehicles and most don't have access to E85, Propel Fuels says. Several cars and trucks from brands such as Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Mercedes are E85 compatible flex-fuel vehicles, and every diesel-engine vehicle can run on Propel biodiesel blends.
For Matt Horton, Propel Fuel's CEO, the Fresno station addresses the everyday pocketbook issues drivers face along with some of the broader economic and environmental issues. Rapid swings in fuel prices remind consumers about the need for choice and competition in the fuel market, he said. Along with that, "as more consumers embrace local, renewable fuels and seek cleaner means of transportation, Propel Clean Mobility Centers will help make progress toward our country's most pressing economic and environmental issues," Horton said in the press release, which you can read below.
Propel Fuels Brings First Locally-Sourced, Low Carbon Fuels to Fresno
New Clean Mobility Center is first to offer Fresno drivers E85 Flex Fuel, biodiesel and carbon offsets at the pump
FRESNO, Calif. (April 9, 2013) – Propel Fuels (www.propelfuels.com), a leading retailer of renewable fuels and clean mobility solutions, is bringing locally-produced, low carbon fuels to drivers in Fresno, California through its innovative fueling station model – the Clean Mobility Center. The station, located at 4994 E. Ashlan Avenue, will be the first in Fresno to offer E85 Flex Fuel and biodiesel, sourced from Central Valley producers including Community Fuels in Stockton and Calgren Renewable Fuels in Pixley.
Fresno's Clean Mobility Center takes fueling and consumer transportation in a new direction, offering renewable fuels alongside conventional fuels to provide drivers with true choice at the pump. In addition, the station enables drivers to offset carbon from their fuel purchases, improve their vehicle's fuel economy, find public transit, tune bicycles, and recycle on the go.
"Rapid swings in fuel prices are a constant reminder of our need to increase choice and competition in the fuel market," said Matt Horton, CEO of Propel. "And as more consumers embrace local, renewable fuels and seek cleaner means of transportation, Propel Clean Mobility Centers will help make progress toward our country's most pressing economic and environmental issues."
The new station model rethinks the traditional gas station, providing a highly visible platform to introduce the renewable fuels to a mainstream driver base alongside conventional fuel options. Today more than one million Californians drive alternative fuel-ready vehicles, but most do not have access to renewable fuels. Numerous cars and trucks from manufacturers such as Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Mercedes are Flex Fuel E85 compatible, and every diesel vehicle can run on Propel biodiesel blends.
Propel's stations were the first to offer drivers the option to offset carbon emissions from their fuel purchase right from the pump. Drivers and fleets can also track and report CO2 emission reductions from their use of renewable fuels through Propel's proprietary CleanDrive® program (www.propelfuels.com/cleandrive).
"Until now, Fresno's drivers have not had the option of filling up with renewable fuels like E85 and biodiesel," said Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno. "Our community welcomes these new choices at the pump and our city is pleased to play a role in supporting local manufacturing."
Propel's new Fresno station will sell locally-sourced biodiesel from Community Fuels in Stockton and ethanol from Calgren Renewable Fuels in Pixley. Community Fuels produces high quality biodiesel at the company's 13 million gallons per year bio-refinery at the Port of Stockton which has been in continuous operation since 2008 and is one of the largest operating advanced bio-refineries in the Western U.S. Opened in 2009, Calgren's 55 million gallon per year ethanol plant is one of the most efficient operations and lowest carbon footprint facilities in the country.
"Propel's new station in Fresno makes it easier than ever for our fuels to reach local drivers," said Lyle Schlyer, President of Calgren. "As Propel expands their network of stations in the area, we look forward to growing our partnership with Propel so more Central Valley drivers have convenient access to high quality, American made fuels like ours."
Clean Mobility Centers also utilize green design and sustainability practices that promote cleaner transportation in the communities they serve. Each station has free air stations for tires to increase vehicle miles per gallon (MPG), education centers offering information on local public transit, innovative bicycle tuning centers, recycling stations at the pump, and in the future, emerging fueling types such as natural gas and electric vehicle charging.
Propel currently operates more than 35 stations throughout California and Washington State with more than 200 stations planned for new and existing markets over the next two years. More information on Propel Fuels' current and future station locations can be found at www.propelfuels.com.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Propel Fuels operates a network of green-built filling stations providing convenient access to American, low-carbon fuels and clean mobility solutions. The company offers consumers and fleets new fuel choices that make progress toward reducing carbon emissions, creating jobs, and lowering America's dependence on foreign oil. Propel has also developed CleanDrive®, the nation's first integrated carbon emission reduction tracking platform, and is the only fueling company in the country to enable drivers to offset their emissions at the pump through their CarbonOffset program. Propel operates a growing network of locations in California and Washington State. More information is available at www.propelfuels.com and by following Propel on Twitter at: @PropelFuels.