Los Angeles Post
Although there are more than 200 alternative fuels stations that are in the planning stages for the state of California, the Propel Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton is the first one to open to the public. In addition to gasoline, the station offers biodiesel fuels made with recycled vegetable oil and E85 ethanol as alternative fuels. Grants from the U.S. Energy Department and the California Energy Commission helped to fund the station on E. Chapman Avenue in Fullerton.
The chief executive of Propel Fuels, Matt Horton, said that people don’t want to be dependent on petroleum and are looking for alternative transportation options. In addition to the E85 ethanol and biodiesel fuel, the Propel station in Fullerton offers free water and air, a do it yourself bicycle repair station, containers for recycling, and maps of bus ways, rail stations, and bike paths. Future plans for the station include hydrogen and natural gas pumps as well as electric-vehicle charging stations.
Currently, the Fullerton station uses half of its 16 pumps for gasoline. There are four pumps for biodiesel which are green with 2 pumps offering 5% recycled vegetable oil and 2 of the pumps dispensing 20% recycled vegetable oil. The other four pumps that dispense the E85 are yellow and include lists of which cars are flex-fuel compatible.
As part of its environmentally friendly attitude, Propel believes in purchasing local products to help the local economy. It tries to source California producers such as California ethanol producers for the ethanol it uses to produce its E85 and local restaurants for recycling vegetable oils for the biodiesel fuel. In addition it includes an option for customers who purchase regular gasoline to donate to clean air projects.
People in the area seem to be excited about the options they have and are happy to save money by purchasing the alternative fuels. Those that realize that their vehicles can run on flex fuels now have a local station where they can fill up.