G&K Services tests electric trucks

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 4, 2012 - 12:09 PM

Firm partners with state of California

Minnetonka-based G&K Services Inc. said Monday it has launched a pilot program in northern California to test hybrid electric trucks in its fleet of delivery trucks.

The company, which supplies uniforms and other work clothing to businesses throughout the United States and Canada, said in a news release the new hybrid trucks are projected to cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions compared to conventional delivery vehicles.

The new vehicles were obtained as part of a partnership with the state of California's Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. G&K said it will work with state officials and the vehicle manufacturers to track the performance of the vehicles with an eye towards expanding the program. It's unclear whether the program will be rolled out in Minnesota.

G&K did not specify how many vehicles in California are involved in the program, and which manufacturers actually make the trucks.

G&K serves over 160,000 customers in the U.S. and Canada.

Janet Moore • 612-673-7752

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