July 17th, 2015 - What's "Fore" Dinner
ASAP Energy Inc. holds a firm belief in community and doing what is best for the community. Along with several very gracious donors, ASAP Energy Inc. and Lucille’s Roadhouse was able to hold a fundraiser dinner for the Weatherford Golf Course. The Weatherford Golf Course club house is quite dated and was in desperate need of an update. With the help of ASAP Energy Inc., The City of Weatherford, Lucille’s Roadhouse, and COOP Brewery they were able to do better than update. They are currently in the process of building an entirely new clubhouse. This will not only be a good thing for the Weatherford Golf Course, but it will be a great thing for the town of Weatherford, Oklahoma. With the new clubhouse the course will be able to host larger tournaments – only bringing more people to this great town. ASAP Energy Inc. is excited to be apart of this great addition!
July 1, 2015 - Moving Forward
“Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”- Walt Disney
This is very true for ASAP Energy Inc: Constantly moving forward and on the frontlines of progress. With the process of moving forward, comes some change. Rick Koch, President of ASAP Energy Inc, announced that effective as of July 1st, 2015 what was formally known as Fast Lane will now be ASAP General Stores.
For many years Fast Lane has been a piece of one very large puzzle. Other pieces of that puzzle include a wholesale fuel business, a buying group, and much more. In order for that puzzle to be pulled together, it was felt necessary to consider a name change. The buying group formally known as Fast Lane to Profit will now be called ASAP Buying Group. website testing . Since most involved with the buying group deal with both sides of ASAP Energy Inc, this will tie the whole company together a little better for them. One of the bigger changes will be to the chain of retail stores now known as ASAP General Stores. President Rick Koch stated “the name change process will help us to connect our retail stores and buying group to ASAP Energy Inc”.
ASAP General stores will to continue to offer the same great service and retail experience that has been offered for years.
March 2015 - Tesla Charging Stations
The newly installed Tesla pumps are ready for use, and they have already seen their first customers! On a trip out west in their electric Tesla car, the Cleary family stopped in for some food, fuel, and rest. These cars are on the cutting edge of automobile evolution. They can get you from point A to point B smoothly, silently, and without a drop of gasoline. ASAP Energy Inc wants to be on the frontlines of energy evolution, and they are doing just that with these pumps. These pumps are located right along Route 66 and I-40. domain name data . They are conveniently located within walking distance of a traditional Oklahoma Route 66 stop, Lucille’s Roadhouse, and the Holiday Inn Express.
You can see the Cleary’s Tesla car recharging in the provided photos.
August 8, 2011 - CNG Vehicle Refueling Coming to Fast Lane Travel Plaza
Rick Koch, CEO of RKO ASAP Energy, announced today the company’s plan to add Compressed Natural Gas vehicle refueling to its Fast Lane Truck Plaza located on North Airport Road in Weatherford, OK. Customers with vehicles that have been converted to use Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, will enjoy the ability to fill their tanks at the station in the near future.
“Since I grew up here in western Oklahoma, I know how important the natural gas industry is to our economy. I am delighted to see several companies in this area converting their fleet vehicles to this natural resource,” stated Koch. “As more companies convert their vehicles to clean, efficient natural gas, I want my stores to offer them the same convenience as our gasoline and diesel customers.”
Royce Ramey is project manager of the CNG installation, the first of its kind for RKO ASAP Energy. “Essentially, CNG is the same gas as is used to heat our homes, but in a vehicle it needs to be compressed to allow for a greater amount to be carried on board the vehicle,” stated Ramey in a recent interview. “The goal of our design specifications is to make refueling as convenient and quick as filling a gasoline or diesel vehicle. This is known as a quick-fill dispensing station.” Ramey said the installation of the dispensers should be complete by the end of this year.
In a recent interview with Brian Lohman, RKO Area Retail Manager, Lohman stated, “I am definitely excited about the opportunity we will have to serve the CNG customers. Not only can they refuel conveniently, but they can also take advantage of the many other items we offer in the retail store.” Lohman oversees the merchandising operation at the Fast Lane Truck Plaza. “Instead of just refueling, the CNG customer will be able to purchase drinks, food, and other convenience items in our store all at one time. For some of the CNG vehicle drivers, I know it is important to get them what they need and back in service as quickly as possible.”
According to John Luber, of Carter Chevrolet Agency and OEM Systems in Okarche, OK, a vehicle conversion installed by an EPA-certified company costs about $10,000. Luber is General Manager of the EPA-certified installation company. “If your vehicle gets 15 miles per gallon on gasoline, then you can expect to get roughly the same MPG with CNG,” Luber said.
CNG prices do not vary as much as the price of gasoline or diesel, according to Koch, and recent pricing of CNG was about $1.39 per GGE, gasoline gallon equivalent. With gasoline prices in this area hovering over $3.50 per gallon, CNG represents a 60% decrease in fuel cost. Presently, the Honda Civic can be purchased as a CNG vehicle from the manufacturer for about $25,000. At its advertised 28 mpg combined rating, a consumer that drives 15,000 miles per year would save over $1,200 in fuel costs alone. But CNG in the United States is mostly used in public transportation and light to medium duty trucks that do not achieve such high MPG ratings as the Honda. For the work truck or farm vehicle, the fuel cost savings are much higher.
“Not only is CNG more economic,” said Koch, “but it also burns cleaner than gas or diesel and benefits us all here in western Oklahoma.” According to the US Department of Energy, CNG vehicles produce 60-90% less smog producing pollutants and 30-40% less greenhouse gases. Additionally, 87% of natural gas consumed in the United States is produced in the Unites States. As all local residents know, a good deal of that gas produced in the United States is produced here in Oklahoma, particularly western Oklahoma.
If the reasons for converting to CNG described above were not enough, several government incentives for CNG vehicles are in place in Oklahoma. For example, Oklahoma offers a 50% tax credit on the incremental cost of purchasing or converting to a CNG vehicle. Also the Oklahoma legislature intends to increase the CNG fueling infrastructure in the state, with the overall goal of having one public fueling station located every 100 miles along the interstate highway system by 2015, and one public fueling station every 50 miles by 2025. “I supported these tax incentives,” stated local Oklahoma State Representative Harold Wright of Weatherford, “to create demand for natural gas. It just makes sense for us to support the production, distribution, and sale of natural gas. It helps Oklahoma, the Oklahoma economy, and nationally, it allows us to be more independent of foreign oil interests.” Wright anticipates the use of CNG will increase as CNG dispensers like the one at Fast Lane Truck Plaza become more prevalent.
For more information about CNG vehicles, the public can access http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/vehicles/natural_gas.html or http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bifueltech.shtml
“CNG is definitely the fuel for our future, and at RKO, we want our customers to have it today,” said Koch.