Kentucky City Debuts Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles in Municipal Fleet


The City of Lexington, Ky., has deployed 11 refuse trucks that are powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) to its municipal fleet and unveiled city-owned CNG refueling capabilities.

The city's division of waste management purchased the natural gas vehicles as part of its normal vehicle replacement schedule. Each truck costs approximately $350,000, which is comparable to the price of diesel trucks that the city would normally buy. The average annual savings from each CNG truck is approximately $6,500 in fuel costs and preventive maintenance, according to city officials.

According to Lexington's fleet replacement schedule, two additional CNG-powered units will be delivered in December. The city has also budgeted $2.9 million to buy 10-12 additional trucks over the next year.

Lexington's CNG refueling station is a private facility located at the waste management division's headquarters off Old Frankfort Pike. Columbia Gas extended its gas-distribution pipeline to the site in order to accommodate the station, which was built by Clean Energy Fuels.

The city notes that it is planning on developing a public-access CNG station with the financial assistance of a $1.25 million federal grant.

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