A company that specializes in concrete sent a news release earlier this month that caught my eye. The release was titled “Pennsylvania's First CNG-Fueled Concrete Mixer Truck.”
OK, interesting. We've talked about the benefits of compressed-natural-gas vehicles for bus fleets or some trucking companies, but I hadn't thought of construction-related vehicles before this.
In summary, Montgomery County-based Delaware Valley Concrete Co. says it has put the first CNG-powered concrete mixer truck in Pennsylvania or Delaware on the road. The company does work in Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Dauphin, Lebanon and Lancaster counties, as well as areas in Delaware.
From the release: "Says President Mario Diliberto, 'As a fuel, CNG has plenty to offer. Not only is it cheaper to produce than diesel, it also burns much cleaner. Delaware Valley Concrete is reducing its carbon footprint in the industry and its fueling costs as well.'"
DVC has a total of 88 heavy trucks in its fleet, the release says.
"'Five more CNG mixers will be unveiled in the spring, and our goal is to have a substantial percentage of our fleet powered using CNG by 2015,'" Diliberto also says.
At some point, every business owner must take risks, and this is clearly a well-thought-out chess move on DVC's part. Do you think CNG is the fuel of the future? Or do you think companies making the switch to CNG will be backtracking to gasoline and diesel in the next five to 10 years?