Autocar, Mack, Peterbilt Benefit as Fleet Adds 400 to 500 Per Year
Republic Services added nearly 500 compressed natural gas-fueled trucks to its fleet in 2013, and expects to add 400 to 500 more this year. The manufacturers Autocar, Mack Trucks, and Paccar’s Peterbilt unit are the big beneficiaries. updated January 8
Republic’s second-to-last CNG truck announcement of 2013 was the largest, as the firm said in mid-December that it’s deploying 107 new natural gas trucks in Anaheim, Calif.
“With these new trucks, we are reducing ozone-forming emissions to levels equal to removing 535 automobiles off Orange County roads,” area president Ron Krall said in a release.
Agility for CNG Cylinder Assemblies
The Republic trucks for Anaheim are Autocar vehicles, with Heil bodies. “We standardize by site,” says Republic fleet management VP Steve Saltzgiver, explaining that uniform trucks at a given location helps minimize maintenance and training costs.
Agility Fuel Systems is responsible for most of the CNG fuel cylinder arrays.
Two weeks after the Anaheim news, Republic announced 79 CNG trucks for Indianapolis (also from Autocar), equal to taking 395 cars off the road.
The firm’s CNG truck total is approximately 1,800.
New CNG Fueling Stations Too
Republic installed a CNG fueling station to support the Anaheim vehicles, and two stations in the Indianapolis area, taking its total nationwide to nearly 30.
Republic Services made seven CNG truck deployment announcements during the fourth quarter of 2013:
- Anaheim, Calif. – 107 trucks
- Charleston, S.C. – 53 trucks
- Fall River, Mass. – 56 trucks
- Houston – 104 trucks
- Indianapolis – 79 trucks
- Minneapolis Twin Cities – 23 trucks
- Philadelphia-Southern New Jersey – 67 trucks
Saltzgiver notes that Republic has been operating natural gas trucks since 1995 and, as in 2013, expects to add 400 to 500 this year. CNG trucks account for about half of the firm’s new truck purchases.
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Source: Republic Services with Fleets & Fuels follow-up