Sacramento County, Calif., was recently awarded $600,000 in grant money and plans to expand its fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for three departments. The grant money was awarded by the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.
With this money, the county plans to purchase 30 new CNG vehicles: 14 refuse vehicles, five light-duty utility trucks, one CNG sweeper, four dump trucks, and six airport shuttle buses. These vehicles will be used by the Department of Transportation, Waste Management and Recycling, and the Sacramento International Airport.
According to a county release, the Department of Waste Management and Recycling has already transitioned about 90% of its on-road fleet to alternative fuels. The department’s 100 refuse trucks use about one million gallons of natural gas every year, which reduces diesel fuel consumption by about 500,000 gallons per year.