Eastern Pennsylvania
Alliance for Clean Transportation

A member of the US DOE’s Clean Cities Program

Past Projects / The Northeast Extension CNG Conversion Initiative

 Impact Overview

Number of Vehicles Converted:  23

Petroleum Displacement:  91,000 gal per year
Greenhouse Gas Reduction:   356 tons per year

   Project Partners

Pennsylvania American Water Company 

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission 

 

Project Description

The Northeast Extension CNG Vehicle Conversion Initiative seeks to spur the acceptance of utilizing compressed natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Our 2 project partner’s unique application will convert 23 vehicles that will utilize a new CNG fueling station. This project will introduce CNG to the public and to private companies that run along the Northeast extensions of the interstate highways. The project will promote the economic and environmental benefits of CNG in the Northeastern part of Pennsylvania.

The Northeast Extension CNG Vehicle Conversion Initiative project is an aggregated application that best serve the partners, the public, and will support the construction of a new CNG fueling station. The partners included in this application include: Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) and The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC). This application’s strength is more than the 91,000 gallons of diesel to be displaced annually and more than the 356 tons in the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions annually. The value of this project is the complete visibility of the project partners during daily routine business. The new CNG vehicles driven will be seen by many fleets and the public as they drive along our interstates and county roads.  Turnpike.
 
Our project will be anchored by PAWC’s 18 Class 8 tractors. These vehicles are 2014 & 2015 Freightliner model M2 112 with 60 gallons of storage per vehicle. All the vehicles have EPA certified fuel systems. These vehicles have an incremental cost of $35,100.00 each. The total incremental cost for 18 vehicles is $631,800.00, of that incremental cost PAWC is committed to pay 50% or $315,900.00 with the PA DEP granting $315,900.00 for the incremental cost. Our other partner PTC will be purchasing 5, 2014 Mack Granite GU CNG tractors with 60 gallons of storage per vehicle. All of these vehicles have EPA certification. These vehicles have an incremental cost of $41,100.00 each, the total incremental cost for 5 vehicles is $205,500.00. PTC is committed to pay 50% or $102,500.00 with the PA DEP granting $102,500.00. Our complete proposal incremental cost is $837,300 and we are requesting $418,650.00 or 50% of the total incremental cost.
 
The Northeast Extension CNG Vehicle Conversion Initiative’s projected fuel displacement is 100,508 GGE per year, this was calculated by taking the yearly mileage from our partners lowest mileage vehicle, in their current fleet that is to be retired and adding. The mileage is 442,800 for PAWC and 50,000 miles per year for PTC totaling 492,000 miles per year . When we calculate this out over the minimum requirement of maintaining the vehicles and operations within the state for 6 years the usage equates to 2,956,800 miles traveled. The lower cost of CNG and the volume of fuel utilized by this project make this project financially viable within 2 years.
 
The approximate annual fuel savings cost for this initiative will be $136,928.00. When we calculate this out over the minimum requirement of maintaining operations within the state for 6 years the savings is $821,568.00 These assumptions are noted in current conditions with the information from our fleets based on historical data. The payback will be faster if the cost of diesel rises or the cost of LNG decreases or both happen.

The Northeast Extension CNG Vehicle Conversion Initiative seeks to help two different fleets, which collectively service many of the communities within the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth itself. Our project will help inaugurate their venture into utilizing Pennsylvania’s abundance of natural gas supply as a vehicle fuel. This is certain to attract other fleets and encourage adoption of CNG within this region. EP-ACT is poised to help implement this initiative and will provide education and outreach to other fleets in this area as to the availability and benefits of CNG. Combined these 2 businesses have over 2,000 registered vehicles in the state of PA, and this project is viewed as a springboard towards converting the rest of those vehicles. Together, with all partners invested, the project is close to $4 million in public/private contributions. It is this type of commitment that is necessary to bring acceptance of CNG as an economically viable, plentiful, and beneficial option over imported petroleum fuel.


Sustaining Level Stakeholders

AQUA America  Clean Citiesdvrpc  Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 
PECOPA DEP    UPS Zarwin Baum



 

Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation
1818 Market Street, 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19103

tbandiero@ep-act.org
 Tel:  215-990-8200
 

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