Supervalu will show off new truck fleet and fill station on Friday

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Supervalu Inc., one of the country’s leading grocery distributors, wanted to reduce its carbon footprint while delivering products to stores in the Eastern region. So it partnered with Trillium CNG to build and operate a fast-fill compressed natural gas station for a new truck fleet at Supervalu’s distribution center in Mechanicsville.

The trucks and station will be available for tours on Friday, Dec. 6, following a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting event. Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, along with company representatives, will speak at a news conference.

The project added 35 Class 8 Volvo trucks that operate on compressed natural gas (CNG).  According to Supervalu, the fleet is the largest of its kind on the East Coast, and the company plans to add another 20 trucks next year. 

To power the new trucks, Trillium CNG built the fast-fill station at 8258 Richfood Rd., where the fleet is based.

According to Supervalu, the effort will reduce the fleet’s annual oil consumption by more than 1 million gallons and result in 1,300 fewer tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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