Natural Gas – Conversions, Vehicles and Technology

Linen Supplier Expands Alt-Fuel Fleet

March 31, 2014

As part of an ongoing commitment to lead the textile services industry in the implementation of sustainable and environmentally responsible practices, Mission Linen has announced that is has more than quintupled the number of alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet.

Recently, the company increased its number of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles from six to 32, and added six new propane-autogas vehicles to its fleet of 500. These eco-conscious vehicles are utilized in three of the five states in which it conducts business: California, Arizona, and Texas, ensuring that Mission can continue to meet the growing delivery demands of its customers in the most environmentally accountable way available today.

In addition to an infrastructure that allows the company to save hundreds of thousands of kWh per year, Mission Linen said it has focused its water treatment and consumption processes on sustainability and conservation.

The CNG vehicles have powered engines that are capable of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by as much as 98 percent, reducing smog by burning cleaner fuel. They are capable of reducing carcinogenic particulate matter by 99 percent, and boast an overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 30 percent or greater, according to the company.

Mission Linen’s new propane-autogas vehicles consist of ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-450 propane autogas step vans, which burn cleaner fuel and result in reduced harmful emissions. Since adding these vehicles to the fleet, the company has seen a reduction in resources that includes savings in fuel cost, a 24-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20-percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, and a 60-percent reduction in carbon monoxide emissions, according to the company. In addition, these vehicles meet Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certification requirements.

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