Chicago wholesaler Testa Produce Inc. is delivering more of its produce in trucks powered by compressed natural gas.
The foodservice distributor added two electric trucks to its delivery fleet this year and is adding 10 trucks that run on the cleaner-burning, lower-cost domestic fuel, according to a news release.
The CNG trucks are set to replace Testa’s existing biodiesel fleet and lower its carbon footprint. The addition helps bring the company closer to its goal of zero dependence on foreign oil within five years, according to a news release.
The 24-foot refrigerated trucks are quieter, produce fewer emissions and require less maintenance than diesel-biodiesel trucks with no loss of power or mileage, according to the release.
The new trucks run on fuel costing around $2.60 per gallon compared to the $4.30-$4.89 per gallon cost of biodiesel, Stephanie Testa, distribution manager, said in the release.
Testa received its first trucks in late June and plans to take delivery of nine more over the summer as leases on existing trucks expire, according to the release.
Adding the vehicles is keeping with Testa’s commitment to increase sustainability in foodservice distribution, according to the release.
Founded in 1912, the company says it was the first U.S. perishable food distributor to earn LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the highest certification available from the U.S. Green Building Council, for its distribution center, according to the release.