Mid-west based Foodliner is one of the largest bulk food haulers in America. In 2010, Foodliner expanded their fleet to include 6 new Compressed Natural Gas tractors for use in daily deliveries. Refueling along their routes is made easy thanks to a public access CNG fueling station in Des Plaines, Illinois. The company is looking into adding other CNG trucks with specialized equipment to accommodate their delivery of corn syrup and other liquid foods.
PAT O’MALLEY: The next step will be to get an engine and transmission that in combination we can put a PTO and a hydraulic pump onto our tractor—then we’ll be able to delivery to anybody.
The CNG trucks were acquired with the help of federal funding through the Chicago Area Alternative Fuels Deployment Project. In less than a year, Foodliner’s CNG trucks displaced over 30,000 gallons of gasoline-a sweet alt-fuel success story from the Land of Lincoln.