Clean Cities: Richmond, VA
Our Success Story this week comes from Richmond, Virginia-where compressed natural gas refuse trucks are a common sight. The city has acquired 25 high compaction CNG trucks along with 2 natural gas fueled Honda Civics. Federal incentives and support from Virginia Clean Cities helped off-set vehicle costs. A private 13-lane CNG fueling station was also built to automatically time-fill vehicles overnight. City officials say the environmental benefits of CNG are huge. Their refuse trucks emit less carbon dioxide and soot than diesel, with big savings in fuel costs.
CHRIS BESCHLER: Over 2 years we’ve had the refuse trucks, we’ve saved approximately $ 400,000 in fuel costs. About $200,000 annually- and we’ve displaced just shy of 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel…
JOHN DAVIS: The city owned gas utility serves the Greater Richmond Transit Company, and the city fleet’s fast fill CNG stations, and works to encourage other fleets to adopt CNG vehicles. That makes Richmond one clean, green capitol city.