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Peterbilt Promotes Natural Gas Prowess

June 25, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Paccar Unit Claims 40% Commercial Truck Market Share

Paccar’s Denton, Texas-based Peterbilt Motors is talking up its prowess in natural gas vehicles, noting that it’s been manufacturing trucks powered by liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas since 1996, and has now earned a 40% market share of the commercial natural gas truck market, “providing vehicle solutions for over-the-road, regional and vocational applications.”

British Columbia’s Vedder Transport has purchased 50 LNG-fueled Peterbilt 386 trucks.

Peterbilt offers two natural gas engines. The 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G with 320hp at 1,000 pounds of torque with spark ignition, and a 3-way catalyst emission system that can be configured with either LNG or CNG fuel systems. The second platform is the Westport HD 15 liter engine with 475hp and 1,750 pounds of torque and diesel pilot ignition, which is configured for the LNG fuel system only.

Peterbilt will offer the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G in 2013. This engine will be rated up to 400hp and 1,450 pounds of torque. It features spark ignition technology, a 3-way catalyst, and can be configured with an LNG or CNG fuel system.

Among Peterbilt’s heavy duty NGV sales:

  • Heckmann Corp purchased 200 Peterbilt Model 367 LNG trucks in 2011;
  • Vedder Transport of British Columbia purchased 50 Model 386 LNG trucks in 2011;
  • Robert Transport has purchased a total of 66 for 2011 and 2012;
  • Green Energy Oilfield Services has purchased a total of 60 in 2012;
  • Cumberland Farms (Gulf) purchased 27 in 2012; and
  • Waste Management to date has purchased 511 Peterbilt natural gas trucks.

Natural gas for the new Peterbilt 579? ‘We are investigating opportunities for alternative powertrains,’ says alt fuels marketing chief Steve Weiner.

“The majority of these trucks are in service,” a spokeswoman told F&F Monday. “168 units are in the process of being delivered to customers.”

Peterbilt boasts more than 250 North American dealer locations.

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