June 12, 2013

Tucson Unveils New CNG Collection Trucks

The City of Tucson Environmental Services Department plans to convert all of its collection trucks to CNG within the next five years.

The City of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department plans to convert all of its collection trucks to CNG within the next five years.

The City of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department recently unveiled its first trash and recycling collection trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), with a two-part goal of saving money and reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

“Not only is CNG cheaper than other fossil fuels, its price is more stable. In addition, CNG-powered vehicles have lower maintenance costs than other fueled vehicles,” said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “Transitioning the ES fleet to CNG over the next several years will help create jobs and build our CNG infrastructure, bringing investment to our region.”

The 14 new vehicles begin the eventual conversion of the entire fleet, which currently numbers almost 100 vehicles, said Environmental Services Director Andrew Quigley.  That conversion should take about five years to complete, he said.

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