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Fleets executives talk NG cost of ownership

Jason Cannon June 27, 2013

Mike Lickert, corporate fleet manager at Giant Eagle, says his math wasn’t far behind.

“To run a diesel truck one mile in our industry today is 60-66 cents per mile,” he says. “After 500,000 miles, fuel costs are $315,000 in diesel fuel. With CNG, that’s about $210,000.”

Even factoring in the higher cost of the truck, Lickert says it’s hard not to come out financially ahead with a properly utilized and correctly spec’d natural gas truck.

“With the cost of the truck, maintenance, fuel, all that … Your net cost is going to be about $315,000 for the diesel truck. It will be about $250,000 with CNG. And performance is on par with diesel.”

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