Filed under: Natural Gas
The giant CityCenter that is under construction in Las Vegas – which, at a cost of $8 billion, it is the largest single privately funded development in U.S. history, say the developers – certainly has the funds to invest in some green enhancements. The 18-million-square-foot development is on track to get a combination of gold and silver LEED ratings. Part of the greenery will be a fleet of 26 stretch limos, each 24 feet long, that burn compressed natural gas (CNG), apparently the first such fleet in the world. The limos will be used by the CityCenter’s ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel. The developers chose CNG because it is abundant in the U.S., burns clean and is often cheaper than petroleum diesel or gasoline. As probably won’t surprise long-time readers, T. Boone Pickens approves of the choice. He will be in Vegas next week for the National Clean Energy Summit 2.0, along with Senator Harry Reid, former president Bill Clinton, former vice president Al Gore and Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
PR for the CityCenter says that it is “a development that was created with a vision to bring a new level of environmental consciousness to the Las Vegas Strip,” which sounds good but wouldn’t even a single recycling bin on the street there be more “environmental consciousness” than exists today? (I admit I’m biased against Vegas). Other eco-touches at the CityCenter, which will open in December, include preferred parking for “green cars and carpoolers,” bicycle storage units and rideshare options.
Sin City orders up 26 CNG-powered stretch limos for new CityCenter originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 07 Aug 2009 13:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.