Jamie Caissie says he's picky about the gas he puts in his GMC Sierra truck. For years, the 35-year-old flooring contractor only filled up at 76 brand stations, but on a recent Monday, he decided to try something new: the Propel Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton, which sells E85 flex fuel and biodiesel, along with traditional gasoline, and also allows customers to purchase carbon offsets at the pump.
"My truck says it can take flex fuel, and it's 70 cents cheaper," said Caissie, who lives in Fullerton and often travels to San Diego and Northern California for work.
The Clean Mobility Center, which soft-opened May 4 and officially opens today, is one of the first fueling stations of its kind in the nation. Propel Fuels plans to build 200 Clean Mobility Centers throughout the state, aided by grants from the California Energy Commission and U.S. Department of Energy.
"People are looking for alternatives. They're looking for transportation options that aren't dependent on petroleum," said Matt Horton, chief executive of Propel Fuels in Redwood City, Calif., whose new Clean Mobility Center also offers a self-service bicycle repair station, recycling containers, free air and water and maps of rail stations, bike paths and busways. "Gasoline sales in this country are declining, which we think is good news. People are looking for other ways to get around. We recognized there weren't enough places for people to choose cleaner alternatives."