More than one out of 10 city-owned vehicles runs on compressed natural gas and more private citizens are getting the vehicles, but there are just two fueling stations open to the public.
Kansas City officials are looking at building a new CNG station on Municipal Avenue, which would service city vehicles, as well as be open to the public.
Derrick Carpenter drives a CNG vehicle. He pays about $1 a gallon rather than about $3.50 a gallon for unleaded fuel.
He would welcome the city station.
"Part of the challenge with it (CNG vehicle) is there aren't as many CNG fueling stations as there are gas stations," he said. "There's virtually an unleaded gas station on every corner."
He lives in Topeka but works in Overland Park a few days each week. He can travel 200 miles before refueling and it costs $6 for a full tank.
"I actually found mine at an auction. I bought it and thought, 'This will be an interesting experience.' That was back in January 2010 and almost four years later, I'm still driving," he said. "Alternative fuels was something I had been interested in and CNG made a lot of sense."
The Kansas City Council's transportation committee approved the CNG station construction. The council could vote as soon as Thursday.
Councilman Scott Wagner said the city is buying more and more CNG vehicles because of the cost savings. The hope is to convert more larger trucks that use diesel fuel to CNG.
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