Long Beach Switching Heavy Fleet to RNG From LNG

By Paul Clinton, HDT Trucking Info. 

  • The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has transitioned its heavier vehicles to run on renewable liquid natural gas (RNG) and is discontinuing the use of fossil liquid natural gas (LNG) to reduce emissions and fuel costs, according to the agency.

    The move will affect 85 LNG-powered vehicles including 55 refuse trucks, 78 heavy-duty Class 8 trucks, 16 street sweepers, three dump trucks, two tractor trucks, and two rear loaders. The city's fleet operations division didn't need to make any modifications to the vehicles, said Oliver Cruz, fuel operations program officer.

    The city switched over the vehicles in October, and will rely on two existing 16,300-gallon RNG storage tanks located on city property.

    "We do not expect any changes for the amounts of RNG we store on-site," Cruz said.