Testa Produce, an independent produce distributor based in Chicago, is adding 10 new trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
The new 24-foot refrigerated CNG trucks will replace existing biodiesel trucks in Testa's fleet. Around Chicago, CNG is priced at around $2.60 per gallon, compared to biodiesel's recent $4.30 to $4.89 per gallon, according to Stephanie Testa, the company's distribution manager.
The first of Testa's new CNG-powered trucks arrived in late June. Nine more will be delivered over the next few months as leases on existing trucks expire.
Prior to piloting electric vehicles and CNG trucks, Testa converted its entire delivery fleet to biodiesel and all company cars to hybrids.