Choice Environmental launches CNG fleet for waste collection
in Fort Lauderdale
Choice Environmental Services rolled out a new fleet
of CNG compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks, becoming
the first private waste hauler in south Florida to abandon
diesel fuel for a portion of its operations in favor
of cleaner-burning natural gas.
The ten-truck fleet will reduce harmful emissions by
over 25 percent compared to diesel-fueled trucks, according
to company officials. The new trucks are also fully automated
residential collection vehicles, with high compaction
bodies that will reduce the number of trips they’ll need
to make to the landfill. The Autocar chassis are equipped
with Hercules ASL bodies supplied by E-Z Pack Manufacturing
of Cynthiana, Kentucky.
The Autocar trucks feature Cummins Westbrook engines,
designed for natural gas. The refuse bodies themselves
are mounted with four natural gas fuel cells – two that
are “saddle mounted” on the chassis frame and two additional
fuel cells that are integrated into the body above and
behind the hopper, in a unique configuration that does
not increase the vehicle’s overall height.
E-Z Pack modified the ASL body with the additional fuel
cells in direct response to Choice Environmental’s request
for greater fuel capacity. The total CNG fuel capacity
is equivalent to 60 gallons of diesel, which gives each
truck the range of a typical diesel-fueled vehicle. At
the end of a workday, operators return to the fueling
station in Pompano Beach, where the trucks are automatically
refueled and ready for work by the next morning.
The Hercules ASL features a high compaction body, a 6
cubic-yard hopper capable of handling containers up to
400 gallons, simple controls without computers or PLCs.
The natural gas used to produce CNG fuel onsite at the
station is supplied by TECO Peoples Gas, Florida’s largest
natural gas distribution company.