More CNG Fueling Too as TruStar to Build Second Station in Fort Myers
Florida’s J.J. Taylor is adding more CNG vehicles and more compressed natural gas vehicle fueling capability, announcing a second CNG station by TruStar Energy in Fort Myers – and 37 more Freightliner trucks.
J.J. Taylor is to receive ten new 2014 Freightliner Cascadia tractors powered by the new Cummins-Westport ISX 12G engine (with Allison 4000 HS automatic transmission) by January from Freightliner of Tampa.
The new tractors are part of J.J. Taylor’s cross-docking and doubles operation fleets.
Nearly Half the Fleet by Early 2015
The beer delivery firm also said this week that plans to add an additional 27 route delivery units using the Cummins Westport ISLG 9 liter engine in the Fort Myers-southwest Florida market area. “Of these, 17 of the units will be added in July 2014 and the rest in January 2015,” states a release.
“With the above additions, J.J. Taylor will have a total of 80 CNG powered units, or 48% of its Florida fleet, by January 2015.”
“The transition to natural gas fuel will not only save us money on fuel, it will result in cleaner air,” company fleet manager and senior executive Jose Rivera says in the announcement.
“Every diesel engine we replace with CNG is the equivalent of taking 320 cars off the road,” Rivera said. “Plus, with our station available to the public, we’re helping to build a natural gas infrastructure for private/government fleets and private citizens.”
A Tax Holiday Too
The new Fort Myers station by TruStar is to be completed by February. It’s to have two islands with a fast-fill double pump each and will be open to the public as well as other medium and small fleets in the area.
In June of this year, the announcement notes, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed H.B. 579 into law. Under the new legislation there is a five-year tax-free holiday (sales tax, excise tax and otherwise) on CNG, LNG, and propane autogas. The new law also provides cash incentives for the purchase or lease of new vehicles.
J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. says it currently distributes beer brands from more than 100 domestic, craft and import suppliers serving more than 10,000 retail customers in 17 Florida counties covering 13,575 square miles, with a population of over 5 million people.
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