The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Birmingham, Alabama, to Lease CNG Trucks

May 12, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, AL --- The city of Birmingham announced plans to lease 70 natural gas-fueled trucks and to apply for a $5 million federal grant to build a compressed natural gas station.   

In a press conference, Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford said the new trucks will make up the largest fleet of natural gas-fueled refuse and brush trucks in the Southeast, the Birmingham News reported. 

"Maybe America is about to wake up," Langford said. "This is just going to be the first step in Birmingham, Alabama. This world is changing and we had better wake up and change with it." 

The mayor was joined by officials from Energen and Alagasco, which signed on as supporters for the grant application. The companies will be involved in the grant process, Langford said. 

The new trucks are expected to save more than 5,200 barrels of oil a year. 

"It's another step on our journey to energy independence," said Phillip Wiedmeyer, chairman and president of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. 

Last October, the Birmingham City Council approved a plan to lease all vehicles in the city fleet. Bob Rainey, director of fleet management, has said 70 percent of the 2,200 vehicles in the city's fleet needed replacing, including police cars, fire trucks and garbage trucks. City officials said it would cost $45 million to buy new vehicles, but would cost $6.5 million a year to lease them. 

Langford said the city will begin seeking bids on the leased vehicles, and the new vehicles will arrive later this year, the Birmingham News reported.

Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Faq Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Sponsored by

Texting has become an issue in the fleet industry due to the fact that doing while driving can lead to collisions. This activity represents potential liability for private- and public-sector organizations with fleets.

Read more

Alternative Fuel Locator

Use the Alternative Fuel Locator to find stations near you.

Launch Alternative Fuel Locator

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher