CNG: Monarch Beverage Spends $16.5 Million to Convert Fleet

Thu, Sep 12th, 2013

The numbers are adding up for Monarch Beverage, which distributes scores of beer and wine products to retail customers in Indiana from a sprawling headquarters with a warehouse and terminal on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Its facilities are modern, attractice and efficient, and executives cultivate a positive and "green" image in all their operations.

Their commitment to being green is why Monarch is spending $16.5 Million to convert its truck fleet, which operates as E.F. Transit, to clean-burning natural gas. It has 110 tractors, and soon 85 of them will be new natural gas-burners with Cummins Westport ISL G and ISX12 G engines.

Green can also mean money, and compressed natural gas provides the means to save a lot of it, explains Fred Dufour, executive vice president, operations. The fleet has locked in its cost for seneral years at $1.70 per diesel equivalent gallon, minus a 50 cent per gallon federal tax credit (which runs through the end of this year, though Congress might extend it). Diesel fuel is pegged at $3.80 a gallon, though Dufour says he's heard it could go to $5 and $6 per gallon.

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Source:  Truckinginfo

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