This map shows the route I chose.
- Placemark B - West on I-40 from Henryetta, OK to stop at the Love's station in Okemah, OK, then south on Hwy 75. As reported in the previous post, "Oklahoma Turnpikes & CNG", the Indian Nation turnpike badly needs CNG refueling at the service plazas, but until that's installed Okemah is the route to Dallas.
- Placemark C - East on Loop 336 in Conroe, TX to refuel at Waste Management's Clean 'N Green station.
- Placemark E - West on Hwy 71 to the City of Austin's CNG station. Love's future CNG stations in San Antonio are not operational yet, so a refuel in Austin was necessary.
- Placemark G - this stop was not necessary as there are stations in Fort Worth, but I want to check out the Peake Fuel Solutions station in Cleburne, TX.
The total distance driven was 1,343 miles. The total cost of CNG was $61.33. That works out to about 4.5 cents per mile.
I discovered on this trip that the mileage of the 2012 Civic is phenomenal - I achieved 44 mpg on the leg from Tulsa to Dallas averaging 65 mph. The lowest mileage, 37 mpg, was on the Austin to Fort Worth leg - I was ready to get home averaged 75 mph.
I'm searching for a metric that illustrates how the CNG Civic is the cheapest, fastest way to travel. While a Chevy Volt or a Nissan Leaf can recharge for minimal cost like a CNG Civic, it takes hours of time every 80 miles or so. The fillups in the CNG Civic take less than 5 minutes and I'm back on the road driving the speed limit (not 55 mph in an attempt to extend the range).
Called into KRMG's Wheels show Saturday morning - here's the audio of that call.
I'll end this post with photos of the various CNG stations.
|Love's Travel Stop next to I-40 in Okemah, OK|
|Clean Energy near Downtown Dallas, just off I-45|
|Waste Management's Clean 'N Green station in Conroe, TX|
|City of Austin's station just off I-35|
|Peake Fuel Solutions (using GE CNG-in-a-box) in Cleburne, TX|
|Chickasaw Travel Stop in Thackerville, OK, just off I-35|