Omaha’s Werner for CNG Long-Haul – 800-Mile Range!
Omaha-based Werner Enterprises is evaluating the new 11.9-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G in two Kenworth T660 trucks – testing not only the powerful new engine but the feasibility of using compressed natural gas instead of liquefied natural gas for long-haul work.
The Werner Enterprises fleet comprises approximately 7,300 tractors and nearly 25,000 trailers. The firm has more than 13,000 employees and independent contractors.
Werner’s two new Kenworths have been outfitted with high-capacity CNG cylinder assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems: two side rail-mounted tanks holding 45 diesel gallon equivalents each, and a back-of-cab array holding an additional 75 DGE, for a total of 165 DGE on each vehicle.
The CNG in all those lightweight tanks should easily suffice for a regular Omaha-to-West Branch, Iowa run – about 250 miles each way – with all fueling done at the Metropolitan Utilities District’s new station in Omaha, says Mark Doyle, the District’s senior VP for customers. “Each truck fuels twice a day, every day,” he told F&F.
A draft District flyer states single-fill range as 800 miles.
Agility is using Type IV cylinders from Quantum Technologies in the side rail units and Type IVs from Lincoln Composites in the back-of-cab group.
The District has emerged as a staunch backer of natural gas vehicles. President Doug Clark is the current chairman of NGVAmerica, and his organization is helping prove out a whole new family of pickups – the Ford F-150 – in a cooperative effort with Clean Energy’s BAF upfit unit (F&F, April 23).
Dwayne Haug is maintenance VP with Werner Enterprises in Omaha.
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