AmeriPride Services Inc., a Minnesota-based uniform rental and linen supply company that operates a fleet of more than 1,200 delivery trucks, says it is taking a multi-pronged approach to testing alternative fuel vehicles in its operations.
This month, the company is deploying five compressed natural gas (CNG) medium-duty delivery trucks in Oklahoma City, which will join five others that AmeriPride rolled out in Omaha, Neb., in August.
Meanwhile, AmeriPride is testing five propane autogas trucks in Topeka, Kan., as well as electric trucks in Los Angeles and Fresno, Calif. Those electric vehicles are expected to come online in early 2014.
‘This alternative fuel program is a part of a larger company initiative to reduce energy consumption and our carbon footprint,’ explains Andrew Steiner, vice president of marketing and customer operations. ‘We've already replaced many of our cargo vans with fuel-efficient sedans and rerouted a majority of our service routes to reduce mileage. We've also incorporated better controls to reduce idling and speeding.’