Starts with 13 Autocar Trucks in Waunakee, Can Handle 48
Vocational Energy is talking up completion of another Veolia-owned compressed natural gas fueling station – this time in Waunakee, Wisc., just north of Madison.
Florida- and California-based Vocational says it’s been “crisscrossing the country over the past three years, designing and constructing turnkey CNG fueling stations for customers looking to augment their current fueling strategies with clean-burning, domestic CNG.”
The time-fill station for Veolia in Waunakee will generate 239 diesel gallon equivalents (DGE) per hour, said Vocational president Scott Edelbach, “allowing Veolia to fill their trucks at night, unassisted.”
“This station will add to their CNG-based operations in other states like Florida, and Illinois,” Edelbach says in Vocational’s Veolia release.
‘The Right Thing to Do’
The Waunakee outlet can slow-fill as many as 47 trucks simultaneously. It has a single fast-fill dispenser too.
The CNG trucks will serve more than 25,000 households across the greater Madison area, Veolia says, as well as the single-stream recycling needs of more than 5,000 commercial and industrial customers in Dane, Green and Sauk counties. Veolia says it will continue to use diesel collection trucks for industrial and commercial waste, “but will be replacing those trucks with CNG-powered models over the next two years.”
Veolia is starting with 13 Autocar chassis CNG trucks with McNeilus and Heil refuse bodies in Waunakee.
Whether fuel savings will make up for capital costs remains to be seen, says George DeVries, Veolia area manager. “It takes an awful long time to make that investment up,” he told F&F. “We just feel it’s the right thing to do.”
The Vocational-Veolia project is being promoted by Trucks.com, with affiliates including Big Truck Rental.
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Source: Trucks.com release and Fleets & Fuels follow-up