Uribe Refuse, a Lincoln, NE-based hauler, is adding its first natural-gas powered truck to its fleet. The truck will travel Uribe’s heaviest routes and is part of a plan to add 18 total natural gas vehicles over the next few years, the company said.

“We are very excited about this newest addition to our fleet and will closely evaluate the performance and economical attributes associated with natural gas vehicles,” said Nick Crow, vice president. “Uribe Refuse and our RecycleLink curbside recycling company will maximize our efficiencies and cost savings by upgrading and converting our fleets accordingly.”

The trucks will be fueled with the help of Black Hills Energy, which has a station at the Lincoln Airport as well as another local station. A third station, owned by Stirk Compressed Natural Gas, is also available for fueling.

“Natural gas vehicles have actually been in use for decades, and NGV technology has developed to a point where converting is a practical and cost-effective choice," said Paul Cammack, an NGV expert with natural gas utility Black Hills Energy.

The fuel cylinders for the Uribe Refuse Services truck were built by Hexagon Lincoln.

“We are excited to see Lincoln companies adopting natural gas vehicle technology,” said Chad LeRiger, Stirk CNG’s director of operations. “It makes so much sense for fleet operators, who will save up to 40 or 50% off their fuel costs.”