The largest baker in the United States is introducing its first heavy duty natural gas trucks in California, an initial deployment of trucks expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 580 metric tons. Moreover, the company has received four grants totaling $789,750 from Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP) to convert 81 delivery vehicles to CNG in Montgomery.
Bimbo Bakeries USA has contracted with Clean Energy to introduce 16 heavy-duty natural gas trucks, which will use fuel from Clean Energy’s public-access CNG station network throughout Northern California. Bimbo expects to explore options for adding more NGVs to its fleet throughout the country based on the success of this initial deployment.
“As a leader in the baking industry, we understand that we have a responsibility to invest in and raise sustainability standards. We are continuously looking for ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and our collaboration with Clean Energy to deploy natural gas trucks is an important step in our company-wide green initiatives,” said director of environment and sustainability Bimbo Jim McKeown.
Bimbo is also adding a CNG fleet in Horsham, in Montgomery County, with funds from Pennsylvania government. The money was awarded through the state’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants program, which helps local governments, nonprofit organizations and companies make the switch to compressed natural gas, propane or electric fleet vehicles.
Source: Clean Energy / Pennsylvania Government