Jan. 17, 2015

Maryland County Fleet Uses Wide Variety of Alternative Fuels (Text Version)

This is a text version of the MotorWeek video segment Maryland County Fleet Uses Wide Variety of Alternative Fuels, which aired on Jan. 17, 2015.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes us to Montgomery County, Maryland, where the county's new fleet headquarters in Rockville is also a depot for their CNG transit buses. Nearly 75% of their 400+ fleet use the cleaner-burning fuel, displacing nearly 1 million gallons of diesel a year. A Maryland clean air grant also helped build 16 Level 2 charging stations, and purchase more than a dozen plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. In five years, Montgomery County hopes to reduce petroleum use by 20%.

BILL GRIFFITHS: We want to replace, eliminate where we can, and we're using all these fuels. We're using CNG, we're using electric, we're using E85, we're using biofuels, to help achieve that 20% reduction in our petroleum.

JOHN DAVIS: The county has been using CNG buses for more than a decade and even shares their fueling station with 125 contracted CNG refuse trucks. Next year, a new public access fast-fill CNG station goes online. All progressive efforts to make the county's "green fleet" plan a maximum success.