Shelby County's first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station opened to the public Wednesday.
Memphis Light, Gas and Water hosted the grand opening for the station Wednesday morning.
Drivers of natural gas vehicles will be able to fill up for the equivalent of $1.25 a gallon at the CNG station, located on Tupelo Street. Industry leaders say they hope this will be the first of many CNG stations in the area.
"As we put these stations out there, fleets and individuals can convert to natural gas, then it really begins to grow," said CNG salesman Michael Taylor. "Then we expect third parties to come in, build more stations and more converters. The next thing you know it really starts to take off and we can make a huge difference."
Natural gas cars use compressed natural gas as a cleaner alternative to other fossil fuels.
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