ACUA News

June 26, 2014

ACUA Grows its Green Fleet with New Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Roll-off Truck

Egg Harbor Township – The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) continues to expand its fleet of clean, green vehicles with the addition of a compressed natural gas (CNG) roll-off truck. The new truck will haul large containers used to store commercial recyclables from businesses throughout the county. ACUA began using CNG trucks to collect trash and recycling across the county and region in 2010. 

The newest CNG vehicle brings the total number of ACUA compressed natural gas vehicles to 22. ACUA’s first five CNG collection vehicles hit the road in 2010, and the Authority has since added an additional 14 CNG packer collection trucks. ACUA’s CNG fleet also includes two CNG pick-up trucks.  Eventually, ACUA plans to convert its entire fleet of collection vehicles to CNG.

“ACUA has embraced natural gas for three important reasons: compared to diesel, it’s cleaner, it’s cheaper and it’s domestic,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “CNG reduces particulate matter emissions by 94 percent, carbon monoxide emissions by 75 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 49 percent, and carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent. These environmental benefits are coupled with significant cost savings for fleet operators,” Dovey added.

Current retail prices for CNG provide a savings of more than $1.00 per gallon equivalent compared to diesel. Since making the switch to CNG in 2010 the ACUA has saved more than $540,000 in fuel costs, displaced over 318,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and reduced CO2 emissions by more than 844 metric tons. 

Fleets across the country, including Waste Management, UPS, AT&T, Verizon and the US Postal Service are moving to this clean, less expensive alternative to diesel. 

“CNG is making more sense for fleets every day, especially as the fueling infrastructure continues to expand across the region. Publically accessible CNG fueling stations are currently located in Atlantic City, Millville, Camden, Glassboro and Egg Harbor Township,” said Dovey. 

“Anyone considering the switch to CNG can contact ACUA for assistance. Our staff is well-versed on the subject and can help navigate the available options and calculate the expected cost-benefit savings. Given all of the benefits of natural gas, we hope that other fleet owners will look to ACUA’s experience and consider switching to this greener, cheaper fuel source when replacing or upgrading vehicles,” Dovey added.

For additional information, contact ACUA at 609-272-6950 or go to www.acua.com



 
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