Columbus City Council Looks To Expand Natural Gas Fleet

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Columbus City Council tonight looks to take the final step in approving the city’s first natural gas fueling station, a major part of Mayor Michael Coleman’s “Green Fleet Action Plan.”

Compressed natural gas burns much cleaner than gasoline and diesel, and it costs less up to 50 percent less. But the main hurdle for city leaders in building a natural gas fleet has been a lack of filling stations. The city’s first natural gas vehicle went into use two years ago, but it’s been filling up at an outlying county-owned station.

Tonight, council is set to approve just under a million dollars for a fueling station on Groves Road, where most city vehicles are now stored. The Mayor’s plan calls for as many as 20 city vehicles to be running on compressed natural gas by the time the filling station opens, which is tentatively scheduled for later this year.