Kansas Firm to Field Four LNG Trucks in Southern California
Overland Park, Kans.-based YRC Freight, a unit of YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ:YRCW), reports an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) to purchase four liquefied natural gas-fueled Peterbilt trucks to operate in Southern California.
The trucks will serve the Port of Long Beach and other surrounding areas. “The pilot project will leverage the Clean Energy fueling infrastructure in Southern California,” states a joint announcement. “The LNG trucks will be operated by long-tenured YRC Freight drivers and results of the pilot will be analyzed by the company’s maintenance, fuel and operations teams.”
“We are eager to test natural gas trucks in the Southern California area and see how they perform within our network,” YRC Freight president Jeff Rogers says in the release. “The LNG project will build on our sustainability initiatives… My thanks to the Clean Energy team for bringing their industry expertise to the table and helping to make this happen.”
‘The Latest Enthusiast’
“Through the benefits to their bottom line and to the cleaner air for future generations, we’re confident that YRC Freight will become the latest enthusiast for natural gas as the fuel of choice,” said Jim Harger, chief marketing officer at Clean Energy.
YRC Freight has also been conducting a pilot project with diesel electric hybrids in the Northeast, and according to the announcement with Clean Energy “takes many actions such as speed limit restrictions, idling limits and the use of biodiesel to reduce emissions.”
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Source: YRC-Clean Energy release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up