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November 2006

Xpeditor natural gas trucks promote safer environment

Starting in January 2007, the only refuse collection trucks on the streets of Smithtown, New York will be compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, many of them Xpeditor trucks from Autocar.

In a move to safeguard health and the environment, Smithtown has mandated that contracted trash haulers must switch from diesel trucks to CNG-powered models.

Autocar Xpeditor WXLL natural gas refuse trucks, supplied by Hallahan Truck sales are key components of the Smithtown program. Autocar’s partner-supplier Cummins Inc. manufacturers the Xpeditor’s CNG-powered Cummins-Westport engine, which produces significantly less harmful emissions than a comparable diesel engine and meets 2007 federal clean air emission standards.

Natural gas-powered trucks are much quieter than diesel trucks. Moreover, while more than 62% of the oil the United States uses is imported, 97% of its natural gas is produced in North America.

“We have been providing environmentally friendly natural gas trucks to the refuse industry for more than seven years,” says Tom Vatter, Autocar’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Smithtown’s Supervisor Patrick Vecchio estimates that, in addition to environmental and health benefits, the new natural gas refuse trucks will significantly reduce trash collection costs for the Town, as well as its dependence on foreign oil.

To support the transition from diesel, Smithtown has signed a seven year, fixed-price contract with Clean Energy.

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