ES converting its diesel fleet to sustainable, cleaner, money-saving alternative.
City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) unveiled the first trash and recycling collection vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). At a time when fleets are scrambling to keep up with the cost of petroleum, maintenance, and the rising cost of keeping vehicles on the road, ES committed to converting its diesel fueled fleet to a sustainable, cleaner, and money-saving, alternative fuel.
By the end of Fiscal Year 2014, ES will purchase 28 CNG powered collection trucks and will convert 90% of its fleet within five years. The benefits of this fleet conversion are:
- CNG is more than $1/gallon cheaper and much more abundant than diesel fuel. ES is the largest consumer of fuel in the City of Tucson fleet and use more than 700,000 gallons of fuel each year.
- CNG-powered vehicles have lower maintenance costs than other diesel fueled vehicles.
- The conversion to CNG will result in a 20% reduction in carbon emissions.
- Customers will find that the trucks operate more quietly which will mean less noise pollution.
- When ES converts its fleet to CNG in the next five years, they will significantly reduce the City’s reliance on imported oil.