The following is a press release from the city of Beverly Hills.
The City of Beverly Hills’ new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station is now open, serving the City’s growing fleet of CNG vehicles, including four new trash trucks.
The $1.2 million project at the Fleet Services yard on Third Street will save the City $250,000 each year in estimated fuel costs, and pay back the City’s investment in five to six years, depending on the price of diesel fuel. In addition, the cleaner vehicles will reduce air pollution in Beverly Hills and effectively reduce the City’s carbon footprint.
“This project makes sense for the City and for the region,” said Mayor William W. Brien, MD. “With the price of diesel climbing, and no end in sight, it was necessary that we do something to control these costs. In addition, we are proud to do our part to keep the air in the Los Angeles basin clean and livable for Beverly Hills residents and the surrounding communities.”
Converting diesel trucks to alternative fuels such as CNG was a mandate from the California Air Resources Board. The City received a $550,000 grant from the Southern California Air Quality Management District to offset costs. $300,000 was used to fund the fueling station and the rest was applied toward the purchase of the CNG vehicles. In the past three years, the City of Beverly Hills has purchased, or converted to CNG, six trash trucks, four street sweepers, a Honda Civic Sedan, and a truck for cleaning municipal sewage pipes.
The fueling stations allows for both fast and slow refueling. Fast refueling takes the same time as an ordinary gas station. Slow refueling is an overnight process, but ultimately will pump more fuel in the tanks because there is time to compress the gas further.
The CNG station also will allow Beverly Hills to enter into a reciprocal fueling arrangement with other public agencies. This will give Beverly Hills more flexibility by having access to multiple locations for refueling.