Clean Fuels Ohio Helps Hamilton Clean up With CNG

Clean Fuels Ohio Helps Hamilton Clean up With CNG


In 2010, we got a grant from Clean Fuels Ohio,
and that meant so much to us. It actually put our vision into action, and with those
monies, we were able to get four compressed natural gas vehicles that we have in service
right now. For an older city, we’re not though of by a lot of people as being clean, green,
and aggressive in that area. But we are, we believe, the cleanest, greenest city in the
entire Midwest. We’re very proud of that. The vehicles are a big part of that. They
are actually also billboards about the importance of cleaner fuels. They have on the side of
them, “Clean,” Abundant,” and “American.” Quite satisfied overall with the vehicles
in the fleet. They do a pretty decent job. Using natural gas is a huge benefit in terms
of pollutants, in terms of utilizing readily available fuels, and limiting fossil fuel
consumption that we have to import. We have that here. In the city, we have approximately 300 miles
of electrical lines, and this truck is used to do the maintenance on those lines. Any
repairs or any new construction, we do all the line work, the maintenance. At the end
of each day, they bring it in, they plug it in overnight. It charges up overnight. The
next morning, they take it out. It uses the diesel motor to drive out to the actual job
site, and then the battery power works the lift, all the hydraulics and everything on
the truck. It’s quiet when you’re working on the ground,
and someone’s in the air. You can always hear what you’re talking about, who you’re talking
to. The old trucks, you’re constantly talking over the engine. The fumes sometimes can get
to be quite annoying on the older trucks, so I think there’s quite a few benefits with
these trucks.

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