Sheehy Mail Contractors Inc. partnered with Love’s Trillium CNG after adding to its natural-gas vehicle (NGV) fleet. The mail carrier entered into a contract with Trillium and now stops at the Trillium compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Omaha, NE.
“Sheehy is a fantastic example of leadership in the alternative fuels sector,” said Bill Cashmareck, managing director of Trillium CNG. “Partnering with fleets like Sheehy helps us make the most of our existing public-station network as well as identify the next wave of infrastructure needs for the market.”
Sheehy’s NGV fleet expansion in Omaha is a team effort across multiple agencies and sectors. Metropolitan Utilities District manages the CNG Fleet Fund Program, which helps offset the incremental cost of purchasing natural gas vehicles. Sheehy applied to this program and was awarded incentives to purchase four new Freightliner CNG trucks. Since 2013, the CNG Fleet Fund Program assisted in the purchase of more than 110 vehicles in the Omaha market.
“Sheehy’s overall experience using CNG has been positive. The vehicles perform very well, and maintenance issues are no more difficult than diesel trucks. Driver acceptance has been great due to good power and the quietness,” said John Sheehy, CEO of Sheehy Enterprises. “Fueling a CNG truck is clean and simple.”
Sheehy was an early adopter of CNG, beginning the conversion process in 2013. The company noted it has driven 35 million miles on CNG. The alternative fuel accounts for 92% of all fuel purchased by Sheehy Mail Contractors. John Sheehy said he has noticed an internal culture shift around NGVs.
“In our fleet, the CNG trucks are the first ones out. Drivers want to drive them. We also know it is the right thing to do for the environment, and we promote that to our customers and employees,” said Sheehy.