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50 CNG Cascadia Tractors for Love’s

March 12, 2013 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Freightliner Trucks for Gemini Transport with the ISX12 G

Love’s Travel Stops has agreed to purchase 50 new Freightliner Cascadia day cab tractors with the new ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport, and will operate them under the Gemini Transport brand.

Love’s Gemini Transport unit has been testing the new ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport since September.

Love’s Gemini Transport unit has been testing the new ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport since September.

Gemini, a Love’s subsidiary, has been testing the new engine since September.

“We’ve had great success with the CNG engine in delivering fuel to Love’s locations in our home state of Oklahoma,” Gemini transportation director Brent Bergevin said in a release. “The CNG engine has a 450-mile range, and we’ve seen a significant cost benefit in using CNG as a transportation fuel.”

The new Freightliner Cascadia trucks will have the 400-horsepower version of the 11.9-liter ISX12 G, and all will be used to haul liquid fuels, Bergevin told F&F.

The 11.9-liter ISX12 G by Cummins Westport

The 11.9-liter ISX12 G by Cummins Westport

Gemini will purchase and take delivery of the 50 trucks in the fourth quarter of 2013 through ATC Freightliner in Oklahoma City.

Agility Fuel Systems

They will have the Allison 4000HS transmission, and CNG fuel tanks in Agility Fuel Systems assemblies holding the equivalent of 90 diesel gallons (DGEs).

Love’s Travel Stops recently announced an expansion of its network of fast-fill CNG locations for Class 8 trucks to the Texas Triangle cities of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio (F&F, March 4). The new Gemini CNG trucks will be used to deliver fuel in these metro areas and Oklahoma City.

And even wide expansion of the Love’s CNG fueling infrastructure is anticipated.

Gemini Transport was founded in 2001 as a sister company to Love’s Travel Stops. Gemini currently has a fleet of 400 Freightliner Cascadia trucks and 600 drivers delivering fuel to 300 Love’s locations in 39 states. The Cascadia announcement also notes that Love’s will open 25 new travel stops this year.

Fuel, including CNG, is purchased by Love’s Musket Corp subsidiary.

DTNA Claims Natural Gas Truck Lead

Freightliner parent Daimler Trucks North America said that the Cascadia 113 natural gas tractor “is ideal for regional haul and less-than-truckload applications.”

“The addition of the Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine to the Freightliner product portfolio provides an exciting extension of our clean offerings in the over-the-road segment,” said DTNA marketing and strategy GM David Hames.

The truckmaker says it “leads the medium and heavy commercial vehicle market in the production of natural gas powered conventional vehicles with a combined sales figure of more than 4,600 natural gas vehicles across its brands. Of those, Freightliner Trucks has sold more than 1,900 trucks and tractors since 2008.”

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Source: Love’s and DTNA releases with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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