The City of Temple, Texas, will be adding to its fleet a new pair of heavy-duty refuse vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), having netted $60,000 in grant funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to offset part of the acquisition cost.
The city's solid-waste fleet already operates more than a dozen heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. Each of the new NGVs, which are anticipated to come online this summer, will decrease diesel use by approximately 5,500 gallons annually, representing a savings of about $10,000 per truck per year.
All of Temple's NGVs can now access CNG at the city's new refueling station, located on East Avenue H and East Loop 363, near the Temple landfill.
The city's overall municipal fleet consists of more than 450 vehicles – 38% of which are general vehicles, 38% light trucks, 22% heavy trucks and 2% motorcycles.