Canada’s Largest Fleet of Natural Gas Refuse/Recycling Trucks
Ontario-based Progressive Waste Solutions has officially opened its compressed natural gas fueling facility in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver, which its says supports “the largest fleet of natural gas powered waste and recycling collection vehicles in British Columbia and Canada.”
Progressive serves Coquitlam and nearby Surrey, B.C. with a fleet of 77 waste and recycling collection trucks. It’s a mixed fleet of mostly Mack cabovers but also some Autocar vehicles, says manager Grant Hankins.
The CNG-powered collection vehicles is part of a corporate initiative announced in Vancouver in May 2013 to convert the company’s diesel collection fleet to natural gas-powered trucks.
Since then, Progressive has added nearly 250 natural gas-powered trucks to its waste and recycling collection fleet. The firm says it now has “close to 400 natural gas powered-vehicles on the road in 11 different markets throughout North America.”
Expect Many More CNG Trucks
Progressive says that it typically purchases between 300 and 400 trucks per year through the normal replacement of its fleet “and is on track to have up to 55% of the total number of vehicles it replaces annually in Canada and the U.S. fueled by CNG.
“By 2019, the company expects 18-20% of its fleet to be powered by natural gas.”
Fuel for the Vancouver-area trucks is supplied by FortisBC.
The Mack vehicles for Progressive for Coquitlam were delivered via the Pacific Coast Heavy Truck Group.
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Source: Progressive Waste Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up