Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles
Did you see one of our compressed natural gas vehicles around town?
GRU has converted two Field Service pickup trucks to run on compressed natural gas, a cleaner-burning and more economical alternative to gasoline and diesel fuel.
The conversion is part of a pilot project to test whether compressed natural gas (CNG) offers GRU a viable, long-term alternative to petroleum and a new revenue source, since we sell natural gas.
GRU's pilot project coincides with the opening of Gainesville's first public compressed natural gas fueling station. The station is operated by WCA, the preferred refuse-hauling partner of Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. GRU supplies the station with natural gas and electricity, creating a new, annual revenue stream.
In use since May, GRU's converted 2014 Chevy Silverados will be evaluated over time for performance, safety and reliability, among other important factors.
WCA has converted its fleet of more than 50 vehicles to CNG, lowering fueling costs and potentially reducing Alachua County's carbon footprint. GRU's converted vehicles are approved by the EPA, qualifying them for a 50 percent state rebate on the conversion cost.
Because the new fueling station is convenient to I-75 (on SW 41st Blvd., between Archer and Williston roads), it also provides an attractive alternative to other CNG vehicles passing through town.