AmeriPride Adds CNG Trucks in Vancouver
AmeriPride Services Inc., Minneapolis, announced Oct. 17 that it’s accepted the first of 20 step vans powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) at its Vancouver, BC, branch. More of these trucks will be added in coming weeks to reduce AmeriPride’s carbon footprint and lead the way in sustainability, according to a company statement.
“AmeriPride is absolutely committed to the environment and expanding our alternative-fuels program across the company,” said Bill Evans, president and CEO of AmeriPride. “The company has a strong track record of piloting and incorporating new technology into our delivery operations. We are setting a new standard for clean operations in our industry and continue to invest resources to leverage and help advance green technologies.”
The trucks are expected to produce 24% fewer air emissions than comparable diesel fuel trucks. Most CNG used by the vehicles will be produced in North America. Freightliner Custom Chassis and Morgan Olson are their manufacturers; Green Alternative Systems is their CNG converter.
A local utility, FortisBC, helped underwrite the cost of the CNG conversion, a move that encouraged AmeriPride to purchase the trucks in Vancouver. In addition, FortisBC agreed to upgrade its local CNG fueling facilities.
“We are extremely excited to be adding these CNG trucks at our facility,” said Chris Groom, general manager of the Vancouver branch. “I look forward to incorporating the vehicles into our delivery operations and taking advantage of the many financial and environmental benefits of this new technology.” Click here for details.