One of the biggest Omaha-area truck dealerships is planning a new metro-area location catering to natural gas vehicles, a project being undertaken in partnership with the Metropolitan Utilities District.
Omaha Truck Center Inc. said it plans to soon start construction of what it calls the first natural gas truck dealership in the state. Tentative opening is scheduled for summer 2014, the company said.
The location of the new dealership will be in west Omaha, but the exact location will not be disclosed until real-estate arrangements are finalized, Truck Center spokesman Shane Heiss said. Heiss said the Truck Center Companies Fuel Solutions dealership will service commercial and noncommercial vehicles.
“We are excited to work with MUD on bringing these projects to Omaha,” said Truck Center Chief Executive Trey Mytty. “CNG-powered vehicles have a bright future and run on fuel that is abundant in the United States. It’s another opportunity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”
The dealership will have six service bays and occupy approximately 15,000 square feet for working on alternative fuel vehicles, including those running on compressed and liquefied natural gas, propane and electricity.
Nebraska’s first open-to-the-public CNG filling station opened in 2011 at 5318 L St. in Omaha. CNG, on a gasoline-gallon equivalent basis, was selling for about $1.97 Tuesday in Omaha, according to the website CNGPrices.com, which lists two stations in the metro area and three in or near Lincoln.
MUD’s natural-gas vehicle specialist, Mike Corrigan, said the utility is working to popularize cars and trucks that run on the fuel; there are about 123,000 in the United States, according to the NGV Global, the industry’s trade group.
“Truck Center Companies has taken a strong leadership role by being that local resource for their customers,” Corrigan said.
The company said the location will service all classes of light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, including tractor trailers, and will perform tank and fuel system inspections and certifications. It will also sell new Freightliner alternative fuel vehicles and offer retrofits on existing vehicles.
Omaha Truck Center was founded in 1975 and is one of the largest Freightliner truck dealerships in the United States, operating 11 locations in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.