Today, the first commercial fleet entirely powered by compressed natural gas in the United States was revealed today, and they aren’t pickup trucks. The fleet is entirely comprised of Cadillac Escalades, and were revealed at the National Clean Energy Summit at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. This conversion was done by World CNG, an industry leader in alternative fuel technology. The six Caddys will be used for customers at the ARIA Resort & Casino and Bellagio Resort & Casino, which is owned by MGM Resorts International.
“We are excited to introduce the nation’s first commercial fleet of CNG Cadillac Escalades, which is further demonstration of our company’s commitment to drive innovation in environmental stewardship, while maintaining the highest standards in guest service. Environmental responsibility is a core component of our culture and we continuously seek new opportunities to make sustainable services available to our guests,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. Naturally, you can see where the excitement comes from.
This isn’t MGM’s only plan to help “green up their act” in the coming years. Part of why this is happening is the new “MGM Resorts Green Advantage platform,” which involves other green energy projects throughout all of their operations.
The U.S. Department of Energy has research showing that in comparison to diesel/gasoline-powered cars, natural gas vehicles produce significantly lower amounts of harmful emissions along with 25 percent less greenhouse gas emissions. That’s enough reason to switch in the first place.