Great Collaboration leads to a 1st in Québec for the Waste & Recycling vehicle using Natural Gas

Labrie Environmental Group held a Press Conference on February 9, 2010. During this conference Labrie, EBI & Gaz Métro Transportation Solutions discussed the collaborative efforts of the three companies, which lead to the 1st CNG waste & recycling vehicle in the province of Quebec.

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Labrie Environmental Group CNG Press Conference with EBI & Gaz Métro Transportation February 9, 2010.

On December 10, 2010, EBI awarded Labrie Environmental Group the contract to manufacturer EBI’s first automated compressed natural gas (CNG) Waste & Recycling Vehicle, the Labrie CNG Automizer. This sale is a historic event for EBI, Labrie, Gaz Métro Transportation Solutions (GMST), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro and the Province of Quebec, and is the result of a tremendous collaborative effort from all three parties.  This is the first CNG Waste & Recycling Vehicle in the Province of Quebec, and the second for Labrie in Canada. Labrie’s first CNG vehicle was delivered to the City of Toronto in the summer of 2010.  GMST’s role will be to supply natural gas through Gaz Métro’s existing 10 000 km network as well as the required compression equipment to fuel the vehicle with CNG.
EBI’s new Labrie CNG Automizer already passes the 2010 EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards for engine and CNG fuel. In addition to fully satisfying government and industry standards, CNG vehicles for the Waste & Recycling industry offer many other advantages:
•    CNG is a better, cleaner fuel, that’s more efficient to use and lowers operation costs and fuel consumption.
•    It allows companies like EBI to generate cost savings, a greener footprint and lower gas emission levels.
•    It operates with dramatically lower engine noise levels.
o    Approximately 15% reduction in engine noise: NGV truck idles at 71.5 DBA and diesel at 82.9 DBA
Therefore, the use of a CNG Waste & Recycling Vehicle like Labrie’s CNG Automizer is the more environmentally and citizen friendly solution.

CNG usage in Waste & Recycling Vehicles is a new trend in Canada and needs increasing awareness and support to continue. The tremendous advances made with CNG in the United States clearly indicate that Canada has a lot of catching up to do.  The CNG movement demands a substantial amount of financial and human investment from innovative companies like EBI and Labrie, combined with increased support from various levels of the government.
Labrie Environmental Group is a leading North American supplier and the third largest Waste & Recycling Vehicle manufacturer in North America. Since May 2001, Labrie has been developing, producing and delivering CNG vehicles to the United States market, primarily to: California, Utah and Oklahoma. Labrie has made massive investments into the design, development and evolution of the Labrie Waste & Recycling Vehicle Line over the past ten years. Today, all three of Labrie’s product lines (Wittke, Leach and Labrie) are 100% CNG-ready and readily available to meet a wide variety of market needs.
Claude Boivin, President of Labrie Environmental Groups states: “We started developing and manufacturing CNG vehicles and technology in 2001, and we have a decade of experience and know-how now. From the very beginning we recognized a great future for this technology. We recognize its tremendous value-added offerings and increased utility to our industry and for the environment. We continue to invest heavily into the different design scenarios applicable to CNG vehicles in our industry. Today, we offer a single source responsibility developing solutions that fit the needs of our clients as the design and installation of tanks to the chassis is done on our production line.”  Mr. Boivin also mentioned that Labrie installed a CNG station at their Saint-Nicolas manufacturing site in 2010. This turnkey CNG process and solution delivers increased peace of mind to Labrie clients, as each unit is fully tested in a controlled environment before being delivered. The CNG station provides increased efficiency, optimal design, production and total quality. 

Mr. Denis Boivin, Manager of Marketing & Business Development from EBI, notes that the possible changing of their fleet to CNG would be a slow and methodical process, one that EBI takes very seriously. Which is why, before the initial investment was made, the company devoted time to evaluate the technology and current trends, often drawn back to the success of the USA, and studying their learning curve and results. The greener fleet trend is also supported by the new economics it offers and the Return on Investment (ROI) delivered by the first CNG unit in EBI’s fleet; EBI foresees the adaptation of their older Waste & Recycling Vehicles to CNG or new vehicle purchases to be geared to towards CNG. Mr. Denis Boivin, says: “The benefits are numerous and undeniable for the environment; it’s a cleaner burning fuel with lower noise levels and lower maintenance and fuel costs.” When asked why EBI chose Labrie as their manufacturer Mr. Denis Boivin, says “Labrie has over 100 CNG vehicles in operation throughout North America; in addition, the sheer proximity of having Labrie’s production plant, customer service and technology expertise located right here in Quebec makes it a tremendous asset in the Province of Quebec.” EBI’s seal of approval for Labrie and Labrie products is apparent as they have been purchasing Labrie’s W&R vehicles for over five years.
When Mr. Boivin, President of Labrie was asked why he believed that the CNG market is becoming a topic of interest in Canada, he noted that there were many contributing factors. “The market is trending towards CNG due to the increase in demand for alternative fuel technology, the lower natural gas prices and the constantly increasing oil prices. Simultaneously, government programs and grants, stringent gas emission standards, and continued progress in the natural gas engine industry makes the mix even more deliverable to our customers. The industry still has a long way to go, and all parties must become more involved.”