Ten Year Deal to Fuel Buses, Contract for Up to 100 CNG Trucks
Clean Energy Fuels is trumpeting LA Metro board approval of a ten-year pact to operate and maintain four bus fueling stations, and says it “will continue to operate and maintain all of the Agency’s ten CNG bus fueling stations as well as an 11th station currently under construction” – by Clean Energy.”
And, via what it’s calling its largest single order ever, Clean Energy (NASDAQ:CLNE) will supply fuel to Southern California’s Fox Transportation as Fox “plans deployment of over 100 CNG trucks over the next several months.” They’ll fuel at existing Clean Energy stations.
For the four LA Metro stations, Clean Energy says it “anticipates compressing approximately 15 million gallons of natural gas annually for the next ten years.” For LA Metro’s other stations, “approximately 21 million gallons of natural gas annually.”
Greenkraft for Fox
Taking advantage of both Clean Energy support and government incentives, Rancho Cucamonga-based for is busily augmenting a fleet of 19 LNG-fueled Peterbilt port trucks with CNG and propane delivery vehicles.
The firm has 20 Isuzu trucks converted to compressed natural gas operation by Santa Ana-based Greenkraft and is close to receiving 17 more based on Greenkraft’s JAC platform. Greenkraft installs 6.0-liter GM engines and Quantum Type IV cylinder arrays holding 65 gasoline gallon equivalents.
According to Clean Energy, Fox plans deployment of more than 100 natural gas trucks over the next several months. “Once fully deployed, the fleet is expected to consume approximately 600,000 diesel-gallons-equivalent of CNG fuel per year,” Clean Energy says.
‘We’d Like to Do a Couple of Hundred’
“With natural gas fueling now a reality, we believe providing this cheaper and cleaner fuel option is the right business decision and will strengthen our long-term relationships with customers,” Fox Transportation CEO Mike Fox says in the Clean Energy announcement.
And although Fox has 40 dedicated-propane trucks on order from Greenkraft, “Our first choice is CNG,” Mike Fox says.
“We’re saving a ton of money on the fuel,” he told F&F.
“Ultimately we’d like to do a couple of hundred.”
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Clean Energy, Chad Lindholm, 562-493-2804, ext 247; fax 562-493-4532; [email protected]
Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up