NYSERDA Backing for Distributor Fleet in Lancaster, New York
Try-It Distributing has a new fleet of 43 compressed natural gas-fueled Kenworth trucks and an American Natural Gas fueling station to support them in Lancaster, N.Y. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority funding – $1 million – will help cover the CNG vehicle costs.
“With the help of our partners, ANG and NYSERDA, we are expanding the clean and alternative energy infrastructure in Western New York, reducing our operating costs, and will continue to promote our energy independence,” Try-It president and COO Paul Vukelic said in a release. The project is equivalent to taking 80 cars off the road, he said.
ANG has set an initial price $2.19 per GGE/gasoline gallon equivalent at the public-access station.
Fuel Costs Halved?
Try-It expects to save about 50% on fuel, according to VP Jeff Gicewicz, who said too in a company post that the new trucks “are much quieter and have a much cleaner exhaust.” The unit cost of the vehicles is approximately $125,000, he said, about $35,000 more than a diesel.
The Kenworth T440 trucks were supplied through Kenworth Northeast. They have CNG fuel tank assemblies by Trilogy Engineered Systems, says Cindy Chimera of the organization’s Buffalo branch.
According to Gicewicz, their 45-gallon capacity will provide range of at least 200 miles.
Further Fleet Conversions Sought
The NYSERDA money is channeled via RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Similar funding is being pursued to expand the CNG project to [affiliate] Saratoga Eagle,” Gicewicz said. “If successful, plans are to start up there next year.”
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Source: NYSERDA and Try-It with Fleets & Fuels follow-up