Natural Gas – Conversions, Vehicles and Technology

Ohio City Transitioning to CNG Snow Plow Trucks

July 15, 2015

Photo courtesy of City of Dublin.
Photo courtesy of City of Dublin.

The City of Dublin, Ohio, recently received its first four compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Freightliner snow plow trucks, replacing diesel-powered vehicles. The trucks are equipped with the Cummins Westport engines.

“These units will bring the total number of CNG vehicles to 63,” said Darryl Syler, fleet manager at the City of Dublin. “Currently in our fleet we have a total of 22 snow plows. We will continue to replace our older fleet of snow plows with the CNG trucks.”

The city first started its conversion to CNG in the fall of 2011 with the construction of a CNG fueling station that was completed in June 2012. At that time, the city rolled out a number of CNG vehicles, including 41 trucks, two Ford Fusion sedans, and a Ford Transit van.

The city purchases a number of dedicated CNG trucks each year as older vehicles cycle out of the fleet.

Through a partnership with IGS Energy of Dublin, the city also sells CNG to the public. In 2014, Dublin’s station pumped 441,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of natural gas.

The City of Dublin’s Fleet Management is a Certified Fleet Management Operation through Government Fleet Management Alliance as well as a Certified Ohio Green Fleet.

The fleet is also an ASE Blue Seal shop; all technicians are master technicians and are alternative-fuel certified.

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