King Kong has great motorhomes and the best drivers in the business. Working with you guys is always easy and a pleasure.

" Cat Burkley-Portfolio One

Rusty, Bruce and the guys at King Kong were a crucial asset to my photoshoot.  They took a lot of stress off of my plate and came through when I needed them, allowing me to focus 100% on the production.  Without a doubt, King Kong is now my go-to for production vehicles and I do not hesitate to recommend them to my colleagues.  And, not only is Rusty the best and most helpful driver I have ever had the pleasure of working with, he is also awesome with a fog machine!

" Brett Spencer-Producer,
Thanks again for helping out with our party. The restrooms worked out great and the service was awesome as usual!
" Steve Brazeel

Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome customer service. Our driver was friendly and professional. He arrived early and had everything ready to go for us. The motorhome was clean and in perfect shape. Every detail matters on a shoot to help keep everything running smoothly. We love working with King Kong!

" Jamie Williams- That Girl Productions

…the moho was super nice, everything was great! I will definitely rent it again!!

" Susan Borbely – Prod Coordinator

We truly enjoyed working from the Helios, the attention to detail to make it an Eco friendly asset to our industry should be commended. The quiet workspace you get when running on the solar power is delightful! Rob was pleasant to be around and always willing to help out. Thank you Rob and King Kong for bringing us the Helios!

" Rochelle Savory-Assistant Production Supervisor

I wanted to give Rich another glowing report, He was AMAZING on our shoot. The most helpful driver I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be requesting him on future shoots.

Thanks for everything guys!

" Adrienne Burton – Freelance Prod Coordinator

We’ve used the Helios twice now and have been quite impressed each time.  It has everything production could want AND it’s earth friendly! We will use the Helios on every job in which we need a moho.

" Mario D’Amici—Production Coordinator, Beef Films
King Kong has the best equipment & drivers in the biz.
" Tom Baker – gangboss

The Helios is a great motorhome. Not only is it energy efficient but it offers a large space for production to work in. The copy machine is great because you can wirelessly print and make color copies and send faxes. The satellite phones came in handy when we realized we didn’t have any cell service on location. We received several compliments throughout the shoot day. Crew walked into the motorhome in awe of such a beautiful space.

" Courtney Witherspoon-Production Coordinator Three One O

I just wanted to send you a quick message and let you know how amazing Rich is. I have hired motos from all over and this was by far our best experience. Really nice to work with great people

" Crystal Raymond- Chinese Laundry

The drivers were awesome to be with.  Hard working drivers!!   It really stands out when the drivers jump in to help set up base camp, and tear it down.  Not to mention always having a fresh green tea for me just when I needed it every time.  They really were great and I’d ask for them anytime we get vehicles from you. Thanks!

" Mary Brooks – 3 Star Productions

You guys did a phenomenal job with the Helios. And Rob, as always, went above and beyond for us.

" Dan Kae—Assistant Production Supervisor

King Kong… top notch service, incredible drivers, clean, well equipped vehicles, on time—every time! Thanks guys…. you ROCK!!!

" Elaine Lee—Producer 5th and Sunset Los Angeles

North Six has been working with King Kong for many years now.  Not only is their customer service unparalleled, but their fleet of motorhomes is always clean, reliable, and exactly what we need to support our photo productions.

" Kyd Kisvarday—Producer, North 6

Thank you so much for lovely Eko lav — definitely the nicest port-a-potty I’ve ever used!

" Amanda – Producer

You guys are the BEST!

" Marie D’Amore—Production Supervisor, HSI

Buses lead the charge for alternative fuels

Public transportation is going green.

People who want to celebrate Earth Day week by commuting in a vehicle powered by a cleaner-burning fuel should hop on the bus.

More than a third of the nation’s city transit buses are now powered by fuels other than diesel. That’s up from fewer than 10% a decade ago, according to the American Public Transportation Association citing January 2011 data.

That compares with about 9 million passenger automobiles in the USA that ran on alternative fuels in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Administration; that’s less than 3% of the total.

Transit agencies across the nation, spurred by federal incentives for buying and using greener vehicles and by the potential savings of switching from diesel, are transitioning to buses that run on compressed natural gas, propane, diesel-electric hybrids and biodiesel. In total, there are more than 66,200 city buses in the country.

Many people get their first introduction to alternative fuels via public transit, say industry officials such as Steve Myers, transit director of Lee County Transit in Fort Myers, Fla. About half the agency’s 60 fixed-route buses are diesel-electric hybrids, meaning they run on diesel at start-up, then switch to electric power.

The system has seen a 24% decrease in fuel usage by the hybrids compared with its diesel buses. There has also been a 50% reduction in engine combustion gases and a 90% reduction in particulates, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, Myers says.

The system started phasing in hybrids in 2010. “Obviously, there’s always budget pressure, ‘How can we reduce fuel usage?'” he says. “Also, the political will was there for us to make the change, and to spend a little more to obtain air-quality benefits and long-term environmental benefits.”

The hybrids cost significantly more than diesel-powered buses. A 35-foot diesel bus costs $316,188, vs. $549,041 for the basic hybrid package, says Joann Haley, marketing manager at Lee County Transit. “But we recoup that through fuel economy and through reduced brake and engine maintenance,” Myers says.

APTA President Michael Melaniphy says transit agencies are attracted by the long-term economic benefits, by the environmental impacts and by the energy-independence aspect. “Public transit is a good incubator when it comes to alternative fuels,” he says. Some transit agencies were “early adopters” of the fuels, starting about two decades ago, and have demonstrated that they can be used with safety and efficiency, Melaniphy says.

Milo Victoria, CEO and general manager of Omnitrans in the San Bernardino Valley, says the agency began using compressed natural gas in 1997, well before the state began requiring all transit buses to run on alternative fuels in 2005. “There were some unknowns,” he says. “They (alternative fuels) had no track record for service reliability.”

Now, Omnitrans’ 160 buses, which carry 52,000 riders a day, all run on compressed natural gas. Victoria says start-up costs were high, including the costs of building new pumps. He says the agency now pays $1.30 a gallon for compressed natural gas, compared with $4 a gallon for diesel.

John Felmy, chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute, says about 3% of the nation’s transportation industry now runs on compressed natural gas. “Some trucking operations have started to look at this,” he says. “The problem is, it costs a lot to convert a truck, $70,000 to $80,000. What we’ve seen is a slow adaptation.”

He says natural gas is about a quarter of the cost of diesel. “Just about every municipality is trying to use natural gas for their buses, because it’s so much cheaper than diesel,” he says.

Los Angeles’ LA Metro operates the nation’s largest fleet of compressed natural gas buses — 2,200 vehicles, according to APTA.

Transit’s embrace of alternative fuels is helping to build public awareness of the fuels and helping to build out the fueling infrastructure, says Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at ROUSH CleanTech, a Livonia, Mich., firm that designs and develops propane fuel systems for vehicles.

“You get people riding these buses, and they’re like, ‘Wow, I’m riding a propane bus,'” he says.

The Flint Mass Transportation Authority in Michigan has truly embraced alternative fuels: It has 260 buses; some run on propane, some on compressed natural gas, some on a diesel-electricity hybrid and one on hydrogen. “Our plans call for us to reduce our use of diesel fuel by 60%” by 2018, says general manager Edgar Benning.

The agency serves seven counties that were battered by the loss of auto manufacturing jobs. “We had 86,000 auto jobs. Today we have 6,000,” Benning says. “With our economy here, for us to be sustainable, we needed to find a way to reduce our exposure to the instability of the prices when it comes to foreign oil.”

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