EDCO is taking delivery of 25 new near zero (NZ) natural gas powered collection vehicles and placing them into service as part of its fleet. EDCO is deploying the new natural gas vehicles to further reduce its environmental foot print by limiting nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions, the primary generator of air pollution. EDCO’s will be some of the first collection vehicles to operate in the State of California.
The NOx emissions are 90 percent less than 2010 standards, and the NZ technology meets the State of California 2023 NOx and 2031 petroleum reduction goals. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) identifies that the NZ engine emissions are equivalent to a 100 percent battery powered vehicle using electricity from a modern natural gas power plant.
EDCO is transitioning to renewable natural gas (RNG) powered fleet, with over 200 trucks now in service. “We are very excited to add Near Zero engines to our RNG powered fleet, which will further reduce emissions in the region,” said Steve South, President and Chief Executive Officer of EDCO. South went on to state that, “EDCO anticipates that the RNG powered Near Zero engines will become a recognized component of Climate Action Plans throughout the region.”