Area's 1st CNG station opens

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The first converted natural gas station in the area opened in Bossier City Wednesday morning.

It's hard to remember a time when gas cost less than $2 a gallon, but if you have a car that can run on E-85, you can fill up on E. Texas Street in Bossier City for a $1.99.

"It's a huge cost savings in terms of what you have to pay at the pump," said Pat Maliszewski.

Maliszewski proudly filled up her car Wednesday within hours of the station's opening.

"It's clean burning. It's abundant. It's domestic.  It's helping put Americans to work. It just has wonderful benefits," she said.

Bossier City plans to run 4 CNG converted dump trucks and dozens of other vehicles on alternative fuel. They expect to save $20,000 a year in fuel costs on the dump trucks alone.

While the city will benefit, they say the reason this station is so unique is because it's open to the general public.

George Fritze with Red River Motor Company estimates about 30% of the vehicles in Northwest Louisiana can currently run on E-85, but he says that number is growing.

"Almost every car that we're selling right now that runs on gasoline is E-85 compatible," he said.

Fritze says if you drive an older car, many can be converted to become B-85 compatible.  However, don't use the filling station if you're car is not equipped for it or you could have some problems.

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