Kwik Trip Inc. continues development of its industry leading fueling infrastructure for natural gas vehicles in the first quarter of 2014.

This month the LaCrosse, WI-based chain opened CNG sites in Eagan, Minn., and De Pere, Wis. New CNG locations in Waterloo, Iowa; Wausau, Wis.; and Menomonie, Wis., will also open in the coming months.

The convenience store chain opened its first CNG location in April 2012 and has since continued to develop a functional CNG fueling infrastructure at 22 locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. And, there's more to come...

Currently, there are operational CNG Kwik Trip stations in La Crosse, Wis. (2); Sturtevant, Wis.; Rochester, Minn.; Oshkosh, Wis. (2); Minnesota City, Minn.; Owatonna, Minn.; Pewaukee, Wis.; Grand Chute, Wis.; Sheboygan, Wis.; Eagan, Minn.; Cedar Falls, Iowa; Verona, Wis.; St. Michael, Minn.; Mankato, Minn.; Baldwin, Wis.; Janesville, Wis.; Oak Creek, Wis.; Waukesha, Wis.; New Berlin, Wis. and De Pere, Wis. Pricing at each of the stations is between $1.59 and $1.89 per GGE.

Plans to continue the development of a natural gas infrastructure will continue in 2014 and will include 10 to 15 new CNG locations, as the company looks to expand into new markets.

By bringing natural gas to the market, Kwik Trip has positioned itself to provide a better, more affordable fueling solution to the public.

Kwik Trip believes that in order to be successful, it needs to drive both natural gas vehicle (NGV) adoption and simultaneously build a functional infrastructure for its guests. Kwik Trip will leverage its vertical integration model to help foster the growth of NGVs in its market.

Kwik Trip's own distribution fleet, Convenience Transportation, travels 18 million miles on an annual basis and now owns more than 50 natural gas powered vehicles. Through this fleet, all classes and sizes of vehicles are being tested, evaluated, and promoted, based on the company's real world experiences.

As more infrastructure for CNG and hybrid/electric vehicles becomes accessible, competition may gain momentum, fostering greater choices for consumers. Hopefully it means greater affordability too, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive.