Mayor Buckhorn Rolls Out First of Compressed Natural Gas Fleet
Mayor Bob Buckhorn rolls out the first of the city's new compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste vehicles on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Tampa International Airport’s CNG station. The station is located at 4750 West South Avenue.
"Replacing our older, diesel-powered garbage trucks with CNG trucks is good business. They will save taxpayer's money, and are environmentally-friendly and more efficient,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “This is just the beginning for our fleet of CNG vehicles."
The City of Tampa recently purchased five new CNG-powered garbage trucks and will add five more to replace aging diesel trucks to its fleet by 2014.
The environmentally-friendly vehicles emit about 40 percent less greenhouse gases, offer extended engine life, and cost less to maintain. The new CNG vehicles will save $1.85 - $2.00 per gallon in fuel costs, or approximately $152,000 annually.
The trucks will fuel up at the CNG station at Tampa International Airport, which is operated by Clean Energy, the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America. It opened in March 2012.