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Denver Public Works Aims to Save Fuel, Reduce Emissions with “Green Machine”

July 23, 2008

DENVER - At a time when city managers across the country are grappling with record high fuel prices, the City and County of Denver is preparing to test one of the nation’s first hybrid-hydraulic trash trucks expected to result in fuel savings, lower maintenance costs, and reduced emissions.

“With its potential to increase fuel efficiency and improve air quality, this hybrid trash truck epitomizes the Mile High City’s commitment to environmental responsibility,” said Denver Public Works Manager Bill Vidal.

Denver’s 115 refuse trucks travel an average of 8,400 miles a year and get about 2.3 miles to the gallon. With fuel prices at all-time highs, Denver is welcoming the opportunity for cost savings within its heavy duty truck fleet. “If this hybrid trash truck goes 15-30% percent further on a gallon of fuel, the monetary savings with a fleet of these units could be dramatic,” said Fleet Maintenance Director Ernie Ivy.

In addition to saving money, Denver will be realizing emissions reductions with its new heavy-duty hybrid trash truck – a goal strongly supported by Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Greenprint Denver initiative. “The Green Machine is right in line with Denver’s Greenprint Program,” said Michele Weingarden, “Public Works continues to find new and innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which support Denver’s Climate Action Plan.”

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