Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Comes Online for Municipal Fleet

The municipal fleet in Conway, Ark., has initiated its heavy-duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) program with the introduction of its first refuse truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

The Peterbilt side-loader, which the city purchased for approximately $250,000 through River City Hydraulics, will save Conway's sanitation department $12,000 annually on fuel costs.

The department's overall fleet totals 20 trucks, according to a report from ArkansasOnline. The city is planning to acquire three additional CNG-powered vehicles in 2014.

There are already two CNG refueling facilities in Conway: one operated by Satterfield Oil Co./Satterfield Fuels at a Gulf station, and another developed by Southwestern Energy Co. The retail price of CNG at both locations is about $1.50/GGE.

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