Canadian Linen and Uniform Service, a North American textile rental services and supply company that also operates in the USA as Ameripride, has taken delivery of the first of 20 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) step vans at its Vancouver branch. The company’s new CNG vehicles are manufactured by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) and Morgan Olson (Michigan-based walk-in van body manufacturer) with the conversion completed by Green Alternative Systems.
The CNG delivery trucks, powered by a General Motors 6L engine and with 52 usable gallons of capacity on board, will be incorporated into Canadian Linen’s fleet over the upcoming weeks and months as a part of the company’s ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint and lead the industry in environmental sustainability.
“Canadian Linen is absolutely committed to the environment and expanding our alternative fuels program across the company,” said Bill Evans, President and CEO of Canadian Linen. “The company has a strong track record of piloting and incorporating new technology into our delivery operations. We are setting a new standard for clean operations in our industry and continue to invest resources to leverage and help advance green technologies.”
CNG is a cleaner burning fuel that is produced almost completely in North America. It produces less carbon emissions and lowers exposure to fuel price rate increases. The CNG vehicles are expected to result in 24 percent less carbon emissions as compared to comparable diesel vehicles.
Canadian Linen chose the Vancouver market for this initiative based on incentive funding provided by FortisBC that assisted with the costs of CNG conversion for the vehicles. In addition, FortisBC made upgrades to their local CNG fueling infrastructure.
“We are extremely excited to be adding these CNG trucks at our facility,” said Kris Groom, General Manager of the Vancouver branch. “I look forward to incorporating the vehicles into our delivery operations and taking advantage of the many financial and environmental benefits of this new technology.”
Once the new CNG trucks are incorporated, Canadian Linen will have a total of 36 CNG trucks in operation across the company, with more to come in the upcoming year. The company has received recognition for its efforts including TRSA’s ‘Clean Green’ Award, Heavy Duty Trucking’s ‘Top 50 Green Fleets’ Award and Fleet Technology Expo’s ‘Top Tier Light and Medium Duty Efficient Fleet’ Award.
The alternative fuel vehicles program is a part of a larger companywide effort to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
(Source: Canadian Linen and Uniform Service)