Thursday Auction Presages L.A. Sanitation’s Switch to CNG
Los Angeles County Sanitation is selling five Kenworth LNG-fueled Kenworth T800B tractors via a Richie Brothers auction in Perris, Calif. this Thursday, December 20.
The vehicles have 15-liter Cummins ISX-based Westport Innovations engines and liquefied natural gas fuel systems. They were purchased in 2007, advises fleet administrator David Bolderoff, and “are all in great condition with only approximately 90,000 miles.”
“The 475-horsepower engine,” he explains, is “oversized for our operational requirements… Moving forward we are transitioning to the Cummins ISX12 G engine (400 horsepower) with CNG fuel systems due to our short hauling distances.”
‘A Good Entry Point’
“It will be very interesting to see what these truck tractors sell for,” Bolderoff says.
“Resale value obviously makes or breaks many of the business decisions and ROIs for running natural gas vs. diesel engines.”
The five used LNG tractors, he says, “might be a good entry point for some customers that want to transition into LNG but maybe cannot afford the initial capital cost of new trucks.”
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Source: Los Angeles County Sanitation