WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County Commissioners approved funding for four new trucks for the Engineer’s Office that run solely on compressed natural gas (CNG).
CNG is natural gas under pressure which can be used as an alternative to gasoline.
Eighty percent of the cost for the new trucks is coming from grant money, meaning the county will only be footing the bill for 20 percent of the cost, or $200,000.
Jack Simon, RUMA coordinator with the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office, said the goal is to eventually transform the entire fleet, because CNG is cheaper and cleaner.
“This will have all the latest and greatest snow removal equipment. Again, it’ll be less expensive to operate, ’cause not only is compressed natural gas less expensive, it’s cleaner burning, so the engines will last longer,” he said.
As part of the grant, four diesel trucks have to be disabled. Simon said the trucks in the worst condition will be phased out.
The new trucks should arrive this fall.