Lehigh Valley Health Network is looking to save $2,400 a year on fuel and lower its carbon footprint with the addition of two new utility vans to its fleet that burn on compressed natural gas.
The two vans, which use the clean-burning compressed gas for fuel, are part of a pilot program. The health network said it may expand the program to include more natural gas vehicles based on its success with the initial two vans.
It expects to pay 35 percent less for fuel and reduce its carbon emissions by 75 percent.
The vans will be used primarily by the network's engineering department when providing support to off-site facilities.
The health network is partnering with LGC, which owns an Exxon station at the intersection of Route 309 and Walbert Avenue, which has installed the Lehigh valley's first compressed natural gas fuel pump.
"LVHN is an influential organization in this region, and we are confident their example will lead other area companies to realize the many benefits of using natural gas vehicles," said Sil Lutkewitte, alternative fuel manager with LGC.