Testa Produce in Chicago and Neapolitan Pizza in New York
Clean Energy Fuels is promoting its role in providing fuel for food companies, outlining its support of Neapolitan Express Pizza in New York and Testa Produce in Chicago in recent blog posts.
Neapolitan operates 30 Ford E450-chassis vehicles converted to compressed natural gas operation.
The New York City company started with propane but decided that CNG is safer – and it doesn’t smell, Clean Energy says.
‘Nothing to Do with Price’
The Neapolitan Express Pizza trucks are “hybrids,” says proprietor Max Crespo, in that his company has developed a patented system with CNG-fired generators powering the vehicle’s kitchens, including the pizza ovens.
“It has nothing to do with price,” he told F&F. “It has to do with the better fuel.”
“You can’t cook with gasoline,” Crespo says. CNG can be used as a stovetop fuel, he notes, just like pipeline natural gas.
Projection: a Fleet of 500 in Five Years
Today’s Neapolitan Express Pizza, he says in the Clean Energy blog post, “wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Clean Energy and natural gas.”
Crespo predicts a fleet of 500 Neapolitan Express Pizza trucks within five years. In addition, his company’s Move Systems affiliate offers CNG-powered systems for all manner of food trucks and carts.
Testa Rejects EVs and Biodiesel
In Chicago, Clean Energy is supporting a fleet of CNG fueled trucks operated by Testa Produce, which has provided food services to restaurants, hotels, hospitals, country clubs, sports venues and catering services in the Chicago area for more than a century.
“After failed trials with electric and biodiesel vehicles” (F&F, January 15, 2013), Testa decided to test CNG in 2013, Clean Energy says. “The CNG trucks are quiet, they don’t emit fumes and don’t have diesel particulates,” Testa Produce (outgoing) facilities and quality assurance manager Barbara Daly says in the Clean Energy blog post.
CNG Trucks by Freightliner
Testa has 21 CNG-fueled trucks, Daly told F&F today, primarily Freightliner M2 straight truck with reefer bodies, and one Freightliner Cascadia tractor.
Testa’s “full fleet will be CNG-powered by 2019,” Clean Energy says.
“By phasing out its biodiesel trucks, the company will continue to lower its carbon footprint and move closer to its goal of zero dependence on foreign oil by 2020.”
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up