Bob Gartman, Ferrara Bros. vice president of fleet maintenance, stated: “In 2014, the federal government is expected to start requiring operators to run heavy-duty trucks that meet lower carbon emission standards. We think it’s responsible for our company to start testing that technology and reduce our carbon footprint”.
Besides caring about the environment, the executive added his company had decided to try CNG vehicles to promote energy independence and reduce fuel cost as natural gas prices are about a third less than the cost of diesel in the New York City area. Additionally, CNG units are just as productive as comparably equipped diesel powered trucks and considerably quieter. This last feature allows the company to make deliveries of concrete at night.
Gartman added that Ferrara aims to offer contractors green transportation choices that can make easier for them to meet certification requirements for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED is a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.