Bunzl Canada Inc., a global distributor of food packaging, cleaning and hygiene, safety, and industrial products, is testing out a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered transport truck for delivery routes in southwestern Ontario.

The fuel-efficient vehicle will not only reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel consumption but also achieve an engine noise reduction of an estimated 10 decibels, says the company, which is a division of St. Louis-based Bunzl Distribution USA LLC.

“This new technology is projected to reduce emissions by 25 percent while improving overall fuel efficiency,” says Tim McKinnon, operations director. “Now that there are tractor-friendly refueling stations located across Ontario, we can operate these vehicles on the Highway 401 corridor from Windsor to Montreal. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to reduce our environmental footprint on some of our busiest transportation routes.”

Bunzl is partnering with Vision Truck Group and Enbridge Gas for the pilot project.

“We are confident that Bunzl Canada’s CNG-powered transport truck pilot test will demonstrate why cleaner and more affordable CNG trucks are the ideal choice in the competitive transportation business,” says Scott Dodd, director of business development for Enbridge Gas. “In addition to long-term cost-savings and emission reductions as compared to diesel, other proven advantages include a quieter, cleaner truck for employees and the customers they deliver to.”

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