Marion County, Fla., officials broke ground for a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility on April 9. The CNG fuel station will support the County’s fleet and private commercial fleets, and will also be open to the public. The station is expected to open August 2013.
The County is converting a portion of its fleet to run on CNG.
“The most advantageous vehicles in the Marion County fleet for CNG integration are high fuel usage: roll-offs, ambulances, cars, and pickups,” Fleet Mangement Director John King wrote via e-mail. “The Marion County Board of County Commissioners has approved for purchase 20 new CNG-fueled vehicles this fiscal year. The county’s replacement strategy is to purchase approximately 5% CNG-fueled vehicles per year as older vehicles reach their life cycle and are retired from the fleet.”
Officials estimate fuel savings for each vehicle will be between $2,500 and $15,000.