CNG Trucks in Omaha and Oklahoma City, Propane Coming to Topeka
AmeriPride Services is testing five compressed natural gas delivery trucks in Omaha and five in Oklahoma City, and is to test five propane trucks in Topeka, Kans.
The Minnesota-based linen and uniform rental services provider says it will deploy plug-in electric trucks in Los Angeles and in Fresno, Calif. in 2014.
AmeriPride’s Omaha natural gas trucks are based on the Ford F-550 chassis with the 6.8L-liter V-10 engine. They have dedicated-CNG equipment from BAF Technologies installed by GAS – Green Alternative Systems of Elkhart, Ind.
They fuel at the Metropolitan Utility District’s public-access CNG station on Interstate-80 in Omaha, close to AmeriPride’s Omaha operation, reports District NGVs specialist Mike Corrigan.
AmeriPride operates more than 115 production facilities and service centers and 1,200 delivery trucks.
$2 Per GGE
The Metropolitan Utilities District is AmeriPride’s partner for the program in Omaha, providing fuel at its public stations for less than $2 per gasoline gallon equivalent. The District is also providing funding assistance through a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant project to help offset the incremental costs of converting the vehicles.
“Our public CNG stations give progressive companies like AmeriPride the ability to use CNG vehicles today,” former District president Doug Clark says in a joint release.
Natural Gas for the Semis?
“In addition to the alternative fuels, we are working to increase awareness and promote behavioral change in our drivers by implementing better training and communication to reduce idling and speeding,” said AmeriPride Omaha GM Dan Meyers.
AmeriPride is also rolling out double-decker semi-truck trailers that have twice as much capacity for cargo and will greatly reduce fuel and emissions. They will be deployed in Springfield, Mo., Syracuse, N.Y. and Memphis, Tenn.
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Source: AmeriPride and M.U.D. with Fleets & Fuels follow-up