Rush Units Supply and Outfit 115 Peterbilt 579s for LNG Operation
Clean Energy Fuels said today that its longtime customer Raven Transport is adding 115 liquefied natural gas-fueled Peterbilt Model 579 sleeper tractors to its fleet “to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company.” Clean Energy will support the Raven fleet by opening four new truck-friendly LNG fueling stations. updated April 1
The Peterbilt tractors were purchased from the Rush Truck Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Custom Vehicle Solutions, also a Rush Enterprises company, completed the installation of Chart LNG fuel systems purchased through Clean Energy’s tank pricing program.
“Raven is rising to the challenge to move our customers’ goods with clean-burning fuel,” Raven COO Stephen Silverman said in Clean Energy’s announcement. “Industry-leading shippers continue to set the standard in sustainable logistics, and today’s announcement enables Raven to accommodate these high standards.”
2.4 Million Diesel Gallon Equivalents Per Year
The new fleet “will operate on irregular routes originating from production plants and distribution centers in the Southeast and is forecasted to consume approximately 2.4 million additional DGEs of LNG annually,” Clean Energy said.
The fuel provider says it will make LNG available to Raven at new outlets in Atlanta, in Pearl, Miss., and in Birmingham and Theodore, Ala.
The Raven trucks will also fuel at existing Clean Energy stations in Charlotte, Jacksonville and Houston (Baytown), and in Albany, Ga., Latta, S.C., and Valdosta, Ga. Mobile LNG fueling units will be deployed in Eden, N.C., Newnan, Ga., Ocala, Fla., and Pineville, La., Clean Energy says, to enable LNG fueling “throughout the Southeast.”
Impact on the Industry
“The natural gas fueling ecology continues to strengthen as America’s largest shippers and their logistics companies transition to natural gas,” Clean Energy VP Chad Lindholm says in the Raven Transport release. “As these four stations open and join our existing infrastructure it becomes increasingly feasible for fleets hauling in the Southeast and beyond to make the switch to natural gas,” he said.
“With this informed and progressive choice, Raven Transport will continue to drive adoption of alternative fuels, impacting the entire transportation industry,” said Rush chairman, CEO and president Rusty Rush.
“Rush Truck Centers has made significant investments to support alternative fuel vehicles with dedicated natural gas bays and certified technicians across the country, allowing us to continue to support Raven Transport with their service needs,” he said (F&F, November 26, 2014).
Peterbilt announced availability of the Model 579 (and 567) tractor with LNG power at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville just last week (F&F, March 30).
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up