Every day, several million service vehicles wind their way through our city streets and neighborhoods to perform work such as plumbing, electrical, communications, flooring, roofing, vending, health care, laundry and hundreds of other services that make our lives more convenient and/or comfortable.
National telecommunication fleets are transitioning a large portion of their fleet to NGV. Two examples are AT&T (> 2,400 by 2011) and Verizon (>500 by 2010). These fleets recognize the contributions that natural gas vehicles can make in improving the air quality in the communities where they travel and saving fuel costs with CNG is just icing on the cake.
Service vehicles typically return back to their home base to replenish parts, load the next days’ materials and perform preventive or repair maintenance, typically sitting for 6-10 hours until 5-7 AM when the next shift begins. Services are typically a good fit to share a nearby public-access fast-fill CNG station or, if it is a fairly large operation may benefit from a private-access fast-fill CNG station.
The compelling case:
Service vehicles typically drive 20,000 to 40,000 miles per year. Due to frequent start-and-stop routes these vehicles might get 12 to 18 MPG so fuel use ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 gallons of fuel per year. At an average of $1.50 per GGE savings, that translates to a savings of $1,500 to $4,500 per year per vehicle.
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