Environment & Science

Beverly Hills opens fueling station for its compressed natural gas vehicles

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The City of Beverly Hills has opened a new fueling station for its fleet of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas or CNG.

The city now has 12 CNG vehicles – including six trash trucks, and four street sweepers. The fueling station in the Fleet Services yard on Third Street cost $1.2 million, but the city estimates it will pay for itself in five or six years by saving roughly $250,000 on fuel costs.

Beverly Hills is acting on a mandate from the California Air Resources Board to convert its diesel trucks to alternative fuels. The city used a grant of $550,000  from the South Coast Air Quality Management District to help fund the fueling station, and to buy new vehicles or convert old ones to CNG.

“This project makes sense for the city and for the region,” Beverly Hills Mayor William Brien said in a statement. “With the price of diesel climbing, and no end in sight, it was necessary that we do something to control  these costs."