Seattle Public Utilities Solid Waste Collection Contractors Begin Receiving Compressed Natural Gas Garbage Trucks

McNeilus Companies, Inc., has delivered the first of 144 new Cummins Westport powered Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuse trucks to the city of Seattle, Washington. The two contracted fleets servicing the Seattle Public Utilities Contract selected McNeilus to provide the refuse vehicles. The purchases are part of a statewide initiative to cut vehicle emissions in advance of the 2010 federal emissions requirements. McNeilus expects to deliver the remaining CNG vehicles in late March 2009. Contractors Waste Management, who purchased 106 of the CNG trucks, broke ground on a refuelling station to service the fleet as well as making public sales of CNG. Cleanscapes, the other Seattle PUC contractor will take delivery of the remainder of the vehicles.

“Alternative fuel vehicles help McNeilus customers to reduce their fuel bills in a difficult economy and creates a positive impact on the environment,” said Mike Wuest, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Commercial. “With CNG, customers not only get a greener vehicle, but they also experience benefits to their bottom line with an economically viable alternative fuel.”

Recognizing the nationwide move toward environmentally friendly refuse collection, McNeilus has begun offering a turnkey solution for haulers looking to migrate to CNG-powered vehicles. Customers who purchase CNG-powered chassis can have the CNG system installed as the body proceeds down the assembly line at McNeilus. McNeilus has installed a CNG fueling depot at their factory in Minnesota to further streamline the process.

Source: International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV)

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