CHESAPEAKE, VA – Chesapeake unveiled its first compressed natural gas (CNG) time-fill station at a special “First Fueling” event on Friday, Sept. 7.
The City currently owns 17 CNG-equipped waste trucks and has plans to convert the entire 53-truck waste fleet over the next six years.
"At today’s prices, each truck will save us approximately $17,000 per year in fuel costs. Once all 53 trucks have been converted (by 2018 at the latest) anticipated savings are over $900,000 annually," George Hrichak, CEM, CPFP, fleet manager for the City of Chesapeake, told GF. He added that payback for the cost difference for each truck is 1 year and 10 months, while it's five years for the fueling station.
All CNG trucks will be fueled at the CNG time-fill station. The City is also considering expanding the station in order to provide public access, Hrichak said.