AmeriPride Services has launched a trial program to test compressed natural gas — or CNG — vehicles, and its Omaha branch has been selected as one of the pilot locations.
A leading supplier of linen and uniform rental services in North America, the company said the trial at 7515 D Street in Omaha is an effort to "positively impact the environment and assess the impact on the company’s overall operations." The location started with five CNG delivery trucks last month.
The company is partnering with the Metropolitan Utilities District and plans to fuel the trucks at MUD’s public CNG stations. MUD is also providing funding through a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant to help "offset the incremental ‘upfit’ costs for the program."
"In addition to the alternative fuels," said Dan Meyers, general manager of the Omaha location, "we are working to increase awareness and promote behavioral change in our drivers by implementing better training and communication to reduce idling and speeding."
AmeriPride Services is also testing five CNG trucks in Oklahoma City and five propane trucks in Topeka, Kan. It plans to deploy plug-in electric trucks in Fresno and Los Angeles next year.