took delivery this week of the first Ford F 250 pick up in
Kentucky fitted at the Westport LD facility in Louisville.
Paul Hoffman from Alton Blakely Ford delivered the new CNG Ford
F 250 to Mayor Ed Girdler.
Mayor Ed Girdler says "Our city will see savings of over 50% in
energy costs that will total $500,000 over the next three years
by switching our fleet to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)."
Somerset operates a transmission, processing and distribution
system for natural gas. A CNG refueling station was installed in
early Summer 2012.
This week's delivery is an important step towards Mayor
Girdler's move to CNG for Somerset's fleet. Three Honda Civics
have already replaced traditionally fueled fleet vehicles, the
new Ford F 250 is the first of two pick ups which have been
ordered, and two refuse haulers and three police cruisers next
on the list.
CNG is a gaseous fuel composed of mostly methane. It is one of
the cleanest burning alternative fuels. The Department of Energy
reports that natural gas results in 60-90% less smog-producing
pollutants and 30-40% less green house gas emissions.
Approximately 87% of U.S. natural gas is produced domestically,
and it is less expensive than gasoline. Ownership enables the
City of Somerset to refuel for less than $1.00 per gallon over
the next three years.
Mayor Ed Girdler Somerset taking delivery of
first F250 CNG Truck built in Kentucky