20% of Consumer Giant’s For-Hire Truck Loads on Natural Gas
Procter & Gamble – with brands like Ivory, Tide, Bounty and Crest – is pushing its for-hire truckers to use natural gas. P&G said last week that beginning next month, it “will work with eight transportation carriers to convert up to 20% of its North America truck loads to natural gas vehicles within two years.” updated July 2
P&G’s commitment to the carriers will convert approximately 7% of the company’s North America for-hire transportation network to natural gas powered trucks during the initial phase,” the company says, “delivered in 16 states with an average length of haul over 280 miles, including two 1,000 mile truck lanes.”
“This will most certainly start to catch people’s attention and will accelerate the market,” said one expert industry observer.
Boosting the NGV Industry
“P&G is investing in carriers with a commitment to natural gas vehicles to help boost the emerging natural gas industry, while continuing to seek more sustainable options for our supply chain and operations,” Yannis Skoufalos, P&G global product supply officer, said in a release.
P&G said that its NGV commitment “helps to remove the obstacles to the resource becoming mainstream for large scale shipments.”
P&G told F&F that
- 50,000 truck loads annually will be converted;
- P&G carriers will be using both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas, but primarily CNG; and
- P&G carriers’ consumption will total approximately 5 million diesel gallon equivalents of natural gas per year.
The new for-hire natural gas carrier policy is in addition to P&G’s 22 own natural gas vehicles.
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Source: Procter & Gamble with Fleets & Fuels follow-up