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Heil to Offer In-House CNG Trucks

“We are quickly bringing it in-house,” says Nate Davis, product manager for Heil Environmental (WasteCon 2713). He’s talking about compressed natural gas-fueled refuse trucks, which Heil is building now with the help of an outside CNG fuel system vendor.

Heil’s plan is to do the work at its own facilities in Fort Payne, Ala. The automated collection specialist offers a range of CNG vehicles, including front, read and side loaders with top-of-body fuel tanks, and rear-loaders with cab-mounted tanks.

Heil trucks are available with chassis as specified (and bought) by the customer, and completed by Heil. The firm also offers a program called Ready Truck, where Heil handles it all, for customers needing vehicles on short notice.

Top-of-body compressed natural gas module on a Perterbilt-chassis Heil 'Rapid Rail.'

Top-of-body compressed natural gas module on a Perterbilt-chassis Heil ‘Rapid Rail.’

The company expects future trash trucks to reflect closer relationships between chassis and body suppliers. “CNG forces us to work closely with the chassis manufacturer,” Davis says.

Why go with CNG? To save money on fuel.

“Operating costs over a ten-year life are many times a multiple of the purchase price,” says Heil marketing director Ken Beaver.

Heil is bringing CNG truck work home.

Heil is bringing CNG truck work home.

When fuel is available, and/or government assistance to offset purchase prices, “It’s almost a no-brainer.”

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