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Featuring: Natural-Gas-Powered Vehicles

Featuring: Natural-Gas-Powered Vehicles

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CNG chassis

Though best known as garbage trucks, the low-cab-forward (LCF) Xpeditor can be specified for dump trucks and bucket trucks as well as this Vactor sewer cleaner. Runs on a 280-hp Cummins Westport engine with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 66,000 lbs. A recently redesigned cab provides 18 more cu. ft. of operator area with cup holder and under-seat storage, and a 28% more-efficient HVAC system. According to the manufacturer, it's the only complete cab, doors included, made entirely of fully welded, two-sided galvanized steel instead of fiberglass and composites. Autocar. www.autocartruck.com.Circle 1.

High-floor bus seats 30 to 45

Available in lengths of 32, 35, and 40 ft. with wheelbases of 180, 291, and 280 in., respectively, the Orion V carries loads of up to 40,600 lbs. Daimler Buses North America. www.dcbusna.com.Circle 2.

Only CNG car on the market

Getting an estimated 24 city/36 highway miles/gasoline-gallon equivalent (GGE), Honda's Civic GX has earned the American Council for an Energy- Efficient Economy's “greenest vehicle” title for five consecutive years. Its 1.8-liter, i-VTEC four-cylinder engine produces 113 hp at 6,300 rpm and 109 ft.-lbs. of torque at 4,300 rpm; five-speed automatic transmission is standard. Qualifies for single-occupant high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane access in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, and the District of Columbia; and free metered parking in California's Los Angeles, San Jose, and Santa Monica. Styling of the 2009 model includes a “Natural Gas Vehicle” decal on each rear door. American Honda Motor Co. Inc. www.honda.com.Circle 3.

12.5-ton-capacity transit bus

Built on a Freightliner MB55 chassis with power steering and anti-lock brakes, the front-engine CTS comes in 195-hp and 230-hp versions powered by Cummins Westport CNG engines. Body lengths come in 27, 29, 31, 33, and 38 ft.; wheelbases available in 178, 190, 208, 228, 236, and 276 in. Typical floor plans include all-forward-facing seats and luggage rack around interior perimeter. Champion Bus Inc. www.championbus.com.Circle 4.

Three-wheel broom sweeper

With LNG fuel tank capacity of 82 gal., the Pelican's Cummins BG 195 B Gas Plus engine delivers 195 hp at 1,600 rpm and enables the sweeper to meet EPA, California Air Resources Board, Euro V, and European embedded value (EEV) standards. The company's other alternatively fueled products include the Eagle four-wheel mechanical sweeper (CNG and LPG), the Broom Bear mechanical sweeper (CNG), and the Crosswind four-wheel regenerative air sweeper (CNG). Elgin Sweeper. www.elginsweeper.com.Circle 5.

Low-floor transit bus

You can specify the 32-ft rear-engine E-Z Rider II in liquefied or compressed natural gas. El Dorado National. www.enconline.com.Circle 6.

CNG, LNG bus

Models are available in 30-, 35-, 40-, and 60-ft. configurations. New Flyer Industries Inc. www.newflyer.com.Circle 7.

Class 8 LNG truck

By equipping its 15-liter Cummins ISX engine with a Westport Innovations high-pressure direct-injection LNG fuel system, the T800 LNG delivers an operating range of 300 to 500 miles. It has up to 450-hp ratings and 1,650 ft.-lbs. of torque. A dash-mounted display allows the driver to monitor LNG level and other fuel-system functions Estimated emissions reductions include 33% lessem NOx and 20% less GHG (greenhouse gases). More than 200 are being delivered to customers to serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., which in January approved a $1.6 billion Clean Truck Superfund to replace the 16,800 Class 8 trucks serving the ports with LNG-powered vehicles. As of 2012, pre-2007 trucks will not be allowed to operate in the ports. Kenworth Truck Co. www.kenworth.com.Circle 8.

CNG school bus

Able to seat up to 90 students, the fuel range of the rear-engine All American is 300 miles. Its Cummins Westport ISL-G engine has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 36,200 lbs. The panoramic windshield enhances sight-lines around loading and unloading zones; recessed LED rear lighting. The Hendrickson front axle and 50-degree maximum cut steering gear let drivers make tight turns and negotiate tight spots without backing up. Blue Bird Corp. www.blue-bird.com.Circle 9.

CNG sewer cleaner

The 2100 CNG PD offers the same features, including the “Modul-Flex” design that lets customers choose a chassis, and positive displacement as the standard model. Powered by a Cummins engine, the unit delivers a maximum capacity of 4,500 psi and 3,600 psi nominal service pressure. Its debris tank holds 15 cu. yds.; and water tank holds 1,500 gal. The 2100 fan model is also available as CNG. Vactor Manufacturing. www.vactor.com.Circle 10.