Kwik Trip, a Wisconsin-based convenience store company, has
opened its first store in Waukesha County that provides
compressed natural gas (CNG) for alternative fuel vehicles.
W229-N2086 Redford Blvd. in the City of Pewaukee, is one of
nine CNG stations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The store
opened Dec. 11. Its grand opening with Kwik Trip officials
will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today.
is developing an infrastructure of stores in major markets
that provide CNG fuel, said Joel Hirschboek, Kwik Trip’s
alternative fuels superintendent.
and commercial vehicles that use CNG are on the rise because
it’s cheaper and cleaner fuel, Hirschboek said. The cost of
CNG is equivalent to paying $1.79 for a gallon of gasoline,
extremely easy to dispense,” Hirschboek said. “CNG uses the
same dispensers as gas and diesel and it has a similar flow
Wisconsin stations are located in La Crosse, Sturtevant,
Oshkosh and Sheboygan. Minnesota stations are in Rochester,
Minnesota City, Owatonna and Sheboygan. 10 additional
locations are planned to open this spring.
officials believe that for the company to be successful, it
needs to use compressed natural gas vehicles and
simultaneously build a functional CNG infrastructure for its
guests, he said.
Hirschboeck said Kwik Trip owns and operates more than 20
natural gas vehicles, ranging from light duty vehicles to
heavy duty semis.
addition, we will take delivery of 14 more natural gas semis
this fall, and plan to order 20 more in 2013,” he said.
“Through our own anchor fleet, we can test, promote and
educate Kwik Trip consumers about the benefits of natural
gas as a vehicle fuel. Kwik Trip’s goal is to promote and
market the knowledge that it acquires from purchasing,
operating and maintaining its own natural gas fleet.”
the grand opening will be Remy Battery, Wisconsin Kenworth
of Milwaukee and Wisconsin Clean Cities. The event will
feature fueling demonstrations for natural gas vehicles.
There will also be a wide variety of CNG powered vehicles on
is one of the largest convenience store chains in the upper
Midwest. Headquartered in La Crosse, it operates more than
400 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.