Pearson Fuels opened in 2003 as the nation’s first Alternative Fuel Station. From day one the station offered an amazing number of firsts in what most people thought was the mature retail fueling industry. Specializing in bringing alternative fuels to the public, Pearson brought the first Ethanol station to the state of California, the first Biodiesel station to San Diego and the county’s first dual pressure CNG station. Pearson featured San Diego’s largest Electric Vehicle charging facility, the county’s first Propane Vehicle Fueling Station and was the first independent station in San Diego to offer Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel. Three grades of gasoline rounded the offering to a total of 10 different vehicle fuels. This was the first time a facility like this had ever been built.
From the beginning, the facility garnered worldwide interest with extensive national and international attention. Educators, government agencies, business owners, students, members of the media and customers flocked to see what many writers called, “The Fuel Station of the Future”. The company continued to grow and built a state of the art retail establishment on site in 2006. In 2007 Pearson’s cutting edge approach to alternative fuels enabled them to make an unprecedented agreement with the California Air Resources Board to develop Ethanol (E-85) fueling infrastructure though out the state.
Pearson Fuels has common ownership with one of San Diego’s landmark car dealerships, Pearson Ford. For the first years of the company’s existence it also was known as RTC Fuels and Pearson Ford Fuels.