UGI’s utility fleets in Lancaster, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport now include vehicles fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG). The 18 new vehicles include cargo vans, connect vans and utility body pickup trucks.
CNG vehicles offer a number of advantages over traditional gasoline-burning cars, trucks and vans.
Natural gas vehicles reduce as much as 90 percent of the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) compared with vehicles burning gasoline or diesel.
CNG vehicles also offer the additional benefit of reduced engine maintenance requirements. As a cleaner burning fuel, CNG vehicles experience less engine wear and require fewer oil changes.
A number of organizations have switched their vehicle fleets to CNG to realize these benefits. At the same time, public CNG fueling stations continue to grow in number, providing greater access to small businesses and private vehicle owners wishing to invest in natural gas vehicles.
There are currently 18 CNG filling stations within the UGI service territory, 15 of which have been installed in the past two years.
UGI vehicles will fuel at both company- and privately-owned CNG stations. Lancaster-based vehicles are refueling at CNG stations operated by the Lancaster County Waste Authority and at a facility near New Holland.
Wilkes-Barre vehicles use stations on UGI’s property or at U.S. Gain, a Pittston-based CNG provider. Williamsport vehicles are stopping at River Valley Transit for their CNG fueling.
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