Maryland Clean Cities and Virginia Clean Cities are collaborating on a new, 4-day, 4-city educational tour between November 18-21 that will bring together vehicle manufacturers, utilities and fuel suppliers for city leaders, fleet managers, sustainability directors and consumers. The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow will visit Baltimore County, Montgomery County, Richmond and City of Chesapeake, and will feature a showcase of clean-fuel vehicles (from cars to heavy duty trucks) and experts touting the benefits of natural gas, electric, biofuels and propane to replace traditional gasoline and diesel.
The tour will open in Baltimore at Element Fleet Management in Sparks on 11/18 and will move to Montgomery County the following day, at its recently completed David E. Bone Equipment Maintenance Operations Center (EMTOC) in Rockville. The project is part of County Executive Isiah Leggett’s Smart Growth Initiative and was designed from the beginning to support an advanced fleet of conventionally and alternatively fueled public transit vehicles. The County will host demonstrations of fueling for CNG during the event.
“The city of Richmond is pleased to be one of the cities welcoming this roadshow on November 20,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “We have a Green Richmond Initiative, under which we converted all of our refuse trucks to run on CNG. Richmond also became the first city in Virginia to build a new natural gas fueling station to service our fleet of refuse trucks. We are saving money, operating more efficiently and being friendlier to the environment.”
The City of Chesapeake will host the final tour stop on November 21. Regarding benefits of fleet conversion, Mayor Alan Krasnoff said: “Obviously, this is about saving money now, but it is also about meeting our obligation to build a more livable city for the next generation which is always the right thing to do.” Chesapeake now has 30 CNG powered solid waste trucks which have saved the city over $472,973 in fuel costs since it placed them in service in August 2012.
Source: Virginia Clean Cities