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D.C. Adds Two Alternative-Fuel Pelican Sweepers to Public Works Fleet

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The new alternative-fueled vehicles will be used for street sweeping, trash collection, snow removal and other services.

Elgin, IL – April 12, 2012

Elgin Sweeper, the leading manufacturer of street sweepers for general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications, announced that the District of Columbia has added two new compressed natural gas- (CNG) fueled Pelican® broom sweepers – as well as two CNG-fueled refuse trucks and six ethanol-fueled heavy-duty trucks – to the city's public works fleet.

"Elgin Sweeper is leading the charge in advancing the use of cleaner, safer, and healthier energy technologies in the sweeper industry," said Brian Giles, sweeper products manager, Elgin Sweeper. "With the CNG-fueled Pelican sweeper, we are providing our municipal customers, like the District of Columbia, with an efficient, hard-working sweeper that significantly reduces costs and environmental emissions."

Mayor Gray "The vehicles we are putting into service symbolize our commitment to taking a Sustainable DC to the next level," said D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "We have more than 1,400 alternative-fuel vehicles in our fleet, which is a 47-percent increase over 2010. By investing in heavy- and medium-duty vehicles that use alternative fuels, we will achieve a higher per-vehicle reduction in emissions."

The District has been recognized in recent years for its leadership in the use of alternative-fuel vehicles and has ranked among the top 20 green fleets for pioneering the use of alternative-fuel vehicles.

"A fleet of alternative-fueled Pelicans can significantly reduce a city fleet's greenhouse gas and nitrogen oxide emissions over their diesel equivalents, while reducing the consumption of crude oil-based diesel fuel," Giles said. "The alternative-fueled Pelican is yet another example of Elgin Sweeper's commitment to our customers in North America."

In addition to being Elgin Sweeper's flagship product, the Pelican has been America's most popular urban street sweeper for generations. This three-wheel broom sweeper features outstanding maneuverability, visibility, a 10 ft. sweeping path and the heavy-duty No-Jam debris conveyor. The Pelican sweeper may also be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – also known as propane.

Pelican photo The alternative-fueled, single-engine Pelican is powered by the ultra-low emissions Cummins B5.9-195G engine, which is certified to U.S. EPA and CARB standards and Euro V and EEV. The engine offers low emissions without sacrificing performance and efficiency.

A clear, odorless, and non-corrosive gas, CNG has become an ideal energy source for the future. LNG is an alternative fuel that is economical, abundant in supply and produces approximately 10 percent of the pollutants normally emitted by traditional gasoline or diesel engines. LPG, or propane, is a low-emission, economic and easily used fuel with a long and varied history in transportation applications since its inception as a motor vehicle fuel. Vehicles powered by CNG, LNG and LPG are used in a wide variety of commercial applications, including light-duty trucks and sedans, medium-duty trucks, and heavy-duty vehicles like sweepers, refuse haulers and transit buses.

With more than 90 years of experience, Elgin Sweeper offers municipalities, contractors and industries the most sweeper options in the country, using the latest sweeping technologies, including alternative fuel, mechanical, pure vacuum, regenerative air and waterless dust control. In addition to the alternative-fueled Pelican, Elgin Sweeper offers the CNG- and LPG-fueled Eagle® four-wheel mechanical sweeper, the CNG-fueled Broom Bear® mechanical sweeper and the CNG-fueled Crosswind® four-wheel regenerative air sweeper.

For more information on the alternative-fuel sweepers available from Elgin Sweeper, please contact your local Elgin Sweeper dealer, or visit to find a dealer near you.

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