Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles
In 1997 the Garden installed one of the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in the Bronx. This station is able to take the natural gas delivered by Con Edison at 60 psi and compress and store the gas at up to 4000 psi, making it available to fuel internal combustion engines converted for its use.
To date the Garden has converted the entire fleet of eight trams that are used to transport our visitors to destinations around the Garden, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 48% compared to the older diesel models of the tram. The Horticulture Department was also able to convert two of its larger vehicles used by the arboretum crew to CNG. As CNG vehicles become more readily available in the marketplace, the Garden is in a unique position to add these vehicles to its fleet.
As the Garden continues to expand its visitation, excellence in educational programing, horticultural displays, and science, the staff continues to grow and requires transportation on our 250- acre facility. Subsequently, the Garden began utilizing electric utility and golf carts to reduce the number of gasoline and diesel vehicles. With the GHG reduction goal in mind, we are constantly thinking of ways to utilize alternative methods of producing electricity, including solar, wind, and fuel cell technology.