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.
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.
Three 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 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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