Seal Beach, CA (April 15, 2009) -- The Parking Spot (TPS), a leading U.S. near-airport parking service provider, has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE), North America's leader in clean transportation, a contract to support the transition of the TPS parking shuttle fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel at its Austin Bergstrom, Dallas Love Field, and Los Angeles International Airport facilities.
The Parking Spot's distinctive yellow-and-black spotted shuttles assist guests at 18 locations serving twelve U.S. airports in ten cities including Atlanta, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix and St. Louis.
As part of the The Parking Spot's fueling services agreement, Clean Energy will design, build and maintain three CNG fueling stations located on TPS-owned properties adjacent to facilities in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, with the potential to convert The Parking Spot's fleet nationwide. Working alongside Clean Energy is Creative Bus Sales, who will be responsible for upfitting all of the vehicles to run off of CNG. This is the second round of vehicles Creative Bus will be upfitting for the Parking Spot, their initial contract was completed in early 2009.
Kevin Shrier, The Parking Spot Senior Vice President - Acquisitions & Operations, said, "At every airport we serve, we are committed to helping protect the environment by reducing emission impacts from the operation of our parking shuttle vans. To this end, we have opted to begin replacing our diesel and gasoline-powered shuttles with clean-burning natural gas models."
James Harger, Clean Energy Senior Vice President, said, "Clean Energy also is working to help reduce health-harming emissions and protect environmental quality. The transition by the airport industry and allied services from diesel to natural gas power for ground transportation is accelerating rapidly, in response to the need to curtail emissions, decrease fuel costs, and reduce dependence on imported oil."
Harger explained that natural gas fuel produces up to 30% fewer greenhouse gas emissions in light-duty vehicles as compared to gasoline and up to 23% lower greenhouse gas emissions in medium to heavy-duty applications as compared to diesel. The EIA estimates that 98% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. is sourced in the U.S. and Canada, and CNG vehicle fuel costs less than diesel.
The Parking Spot's distinctive yellow and black spotted shuttles run to and from the terminals every five to seven minutes. Drivers offer luggage assistance and guests receive copies of USA Today when they arrive at the facility. Upon return, complimentary bottles of water are offered by the cashiers at exit. Guests also have the option to enjoy membership in the Spot Club ™, the most flexible parking rewards program in the business. Reservations are available, but not required, at www.theparkingspot.com. Along with rates and lot information, the website tracks occupancy levels and reports the weather at The Parking Spot's facilities across the country.
Clean Energy (Nasdaq: CLNE) is the leading provider of natural gas fuel (CNG and LNG) for transportation in North America. It has a broad customer base in the refuse, transit, ports, shuttle, taxi, trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets, fueling more than 15,000 vehicles at 176 strategic locations across the United States and Canada. Clean Energy owns and operates two LNG production plants, one in Willis, TX and one in Boron, CA, with combined capacity of 260,000 LNG gallons per day and designed to expand to 340,000 LNG gallons per day as demand increases. It also owns and operates a landfill gas processing facility in Dallas, TX that produces renewable biomethane gas for delivery in the nation's gas pipeline network. Please visit: www.cleanenergyfuels.com
Creative Bus Sales - is the nation's largest bus dealership, offering vehicles from eleven of the top commercial and school bus manufacturers. Creative specializes in providing transit buses and minivans, all of which are available with environmentally friendly CNG, Propane & Hybrid Electric alternative fuel options. All alternative fuel upfits are done at the Creative facility in Chino, CA.
The Parking Spot
Russin Royal, 312.577.1761
Clean Energy -- News Media
Bruce Russell, 310/559-4955 x101
Creative Bus Sales
T.J. Matijevich, 909/465-5528 x142