114 Trucks in Texas as Kansas City ATA to Switch Entire Fleet to CNG
Recent Quarter Saw a New CLNE Record in Core Market Agreements
Clean Energy Fuels is talking up new contracts with Central Freight in Texas and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.
And, “Clean Energy continues to lead the natural gas transition as evidenced by achieving a new quarterly record of fuel agreements in its core refuse, transit and airport/fleet markets, expected to total up to approximately 10.5 million gallons per year once fully-deployed,” the company says.
Central Freight Lines, Clean Energy reports, began testing 14 CNG tractors in August 2012 and added 100 more to its fleet in May 2013. The 100 are Freightliner M2 112s (F&F, September 9). “Today Central Freight Lines has the largest natural gas fleet in Texas,” Clean Energy says.
‘We Solidify Our Commitment, Says Central’s Don Orr
“With our continued investment in CNG equipment, we solidify our commitment to our customers, our community and environmental sustainability,” Central CEO Don Orr says in the Clean Energy announcement.
Clean Energy says it will open its South Ft. Worth America’s Natural Gas Highway station to support the new contract, “and anticipates generating increased fuel volumes” at its Dallas Love, Dallas Irving Blvd. and San Antonio locations. Central is expected to use approximately 300,000 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG per year.
Clean Energy reports too that the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority board has approved a ten-year operation and maintenance agreement to fuel its transitioning fleet of buses and paratransit vehicles.
256 Buses in Kansas City
KCATA will begin with 25 CNG buses with an estimated acquisition of 15 additional CNG buses each year thereafter until 256 CNG buses have been deployed, Clean Energy says: “Within 15 years, KCATA estimates it can displace nearly 2.5 million diesel gallons each year.”
Within three years, KCATA is expected to use approximately 700,000 DGEs of CNG per year which reduces greenhouse gases by 1,622 metric tons per year, the equivalent of taking 335 cars off the road per year.
“The transition to natural gas from diesel signals the start of a new era of clean technology vehicles for not only our 16 million customers who ride every year, but for the entire Kansas City metropolitan area,” KCATA general manager Mark Huffer says in the Clean Energy announcement.
Jim Harger is chief marketing officer at Clean Energy.
Peter Grace is senior VP, sales and finance.
Clean Energy says that 18 of its ANGH stations “are open and fueling and we’ll have just north of 100 completed by year’s end.”
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up