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Republic Acquires Natural Gas-Powered Mack Trucks

November 02, 2010

ALLENTOWN, PA - Republic Services, a major provider of solid waste collection, recylcing and disposal services, has taken delivery of 41 natural gas-powered Mack TerraPro Cabover models. 

"We are always interested in new and innovative technologies to improve our operations, reduce emissions and shrink our carbon footprint," said Roy Svehla, senior fleet manager for Republic. "With the TerraPro line, Mack has shown its ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of the customer and the demands of the industry."

Mack Trucks Inc. recently introduced the natural gas-powered version of its TerraPro Cabover model for refuse and construction applications. 

The Mack TerraPro Cabover model is available with heavy-duty natural gas engines supplied by Cummins Westport. The 9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G is rated at 320 hp, can use compressed (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), and has a three-way catalyst to meet EPA 2010 emissions standards. 

"With this new natural gas product, an industry-leading truck is now coupled with an alternative fuel option," said Curtis Dorwart, Mack vocational products marketing manager. "The cabover design combines Mack durability with an interior aimed at driver comfort and productivity. Adding the natural-gas powered engine allows our customers to be environmental leaders in their markets and communities."

Natural gas-powered vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in the refuse market. A growing number of municipalities mandate alternative fuel vehicles as a condition of contracts with refuse haulers. The natural gas TerraPro Cabover also qualifies for tax credits. 

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