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Pizza for T. Boone and Bloomberg

February 21, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And for the Common Man Too, 100% CNG-Fueled

East Harlem-based Neapolitan Express Pizza has unveiled a pizza truck with not only the engine converted to compressed natural gas, but with a CNG-powered genset powering all of the kitchen equipment, including electric air conditioning and near 900-degree pizza oven.

NGVs advocate T. Boone Pickens looks on as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes a bite of CNG-fired pizza from Neapolitan Express. photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Neapolitan Express

NGVs advocate T. Boone Pickens looks on as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg savors some CNG-fired pizza from Neapolitan Express. photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Neapolitan Express

The truck was shown to the press on Thursday in City Hall Park with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Clean Energy Fuels founder and arch natural gas vehicles advocate Boone Pickens taking part.

Neapolitan_artThree more Ford E-450 trucks have been converted to CNG by Green Alternative Systems in Indiana using upfit kits from Clean Energy’s BAF unit, says Neapolitan founder and owner Max Crespo. They await their CNG-powered electric kitchen installations, he says.

Clean Energy/BAF and GAS

Ten more chassis are on order out of a total of 20 trucks planned for New York.

Neapolitan Express Pizza founder and owner Max Crespo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, T. Boone Pickens; photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Neapolitan Express/AP

Neapolitan Express Pizza founder and owner Max Crespo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, T. Boone Pickens; photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Neapolitan Express/AP

“Neapolitan Express developed this truck and we have 11 patents pending,” Crespo says. “We have a partnership with Clean Energy Fuels and Green Alternative Systems,” he told F&F.

Given the dramatic fuel cost savings expected with CNG, return on investment for the trucks is expected to be just nine months, Crespo said at the City Hall event.

GAS is using six Type III CNG cylinders by Luxfer per truck for a total 60 GGEs (gasoline gallon equivalents).


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Source: NYCDoT and Neapolitan Express Pizza with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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