Cleaner, Greener, and Tastier; NYC Unveils First CNG-Powered Pizza Truck!

Step aside New York City fashion week – there’s a new global trend making its way through town! Yesterday,Neapolitan Express unveiled a brand new food truck, uniquely combining fresh ingredients and the use of clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) to as its power source. Lower fuel costs, fewer emissions, and a cleaner environment are just a few of the many positive advantages tied to American natural gas – and small business owners, consumers, and now pizza lovers alike, continue to realize these benefits. 

Here’s what they’re saying about yesterday’s announcement, where – according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg – “Every slice comes with a breath of fresh air”:

  • Every slice comes with a breath of fresh air,” Bloomberg said before biting into a margherita slice. The truck, which will hit the city’s streets next week, produces about 70 percent less carbon emissions than gasoline or diesel-fueled food trucks — and it also cuts gas costs by about 60 percent, Bloomberg said. … Owner Max Crespo, who worked with Pickens’ Clean Energy Fuels Company to launch Neapolitan Express, said he hopes to roll out another five trucks in the area soon. He also plans to run trucks in other cities, including Philadelphia and San Antonio, in the near future. (DNAinfo.com, 2/21/13)
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg and oil man turned natural gas booster T. Boone Pickens introduced a new kind of food truck…one that they say is more environmentally friendly than the gas-guzzlers that choke city streets. … They described it as a chance to make the mobile food industry cleaner and greener. (WNYC, 2/21/13)
  • Neapolitan Express says its truck will emit 70 percent fewer greenhouse gases than a similar vehicle running off gasoline or diesel fuel. (Associated Press, 2/21/13)
  • “The truck produces almost three quarters less in greenhouse gas emissions than trucks that run on gasoline or diesel and that also reduces fuel costs by about 60 percent,” Mayor Bloomberg said. (CBS New York, 2/21/13)
  • When the mayor was asked if more natural gas-powered trucks would mean more fracking, the mayor defended the process. “I have said we should be fracking. … Natural gas certainly looks like it can make this country energy independent.” (Epoch Times, 2/21/13)

CNG is one of The Countless Ways Natural Gas Improves Our Lives, along with cleaner air and more economic growth. The positive impacts tied to safe, job-creating natural gas development are indeed Powering an American Renaissance.

In fact, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama said, “The natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. We need to encourage that.”

He’s absolutely right. And this is a great start.