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SuperValu Deploying 35 CNG Volvo VNLs

December 9, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trillium CNG for Fueling in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Volvo Trucks and customer SuperValu are spreading the word about 35 CNG trucks for the grocery outfit’s distribution center in Mechanicsville, Va., where Trillium CNG built and will operate a fast-fill fueling station.

SuperValu unveiled its fleet of Volvo VNL tractors and fast-fill Trillium CNG fueling installation on December 6 Mechanicsville, Va. Kevin Wolf/Invision/AP Images photo courtesy SuperValu

SuperValu unveiled its fleet of Volvo VNL tractors and fast-fill Trillium CNG fueling installation on December 6 Mechanicsville, Va. Kevin Wolf/Invision/AP Images photo courtesy SuperValu

CNG-powered Volvo VNL tractors were on display at the Mechanicsville center during an open house and ribbon-cutting this past Friday. Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng was on hand, SuperValu says.

The Mechanicsville distribution center fleet numbers 105 tractors, SuperValu says. Management wants to convert approximately 65% of the fleet to natural gas by 2015.

The Hydraulic Intensifier

“Expanding the use of compressed natural gas trucks in our fleet is good for both the environment and our bottom line,” SuperValu eastern region logistics VP Mike Lech said in his company’s announcement. “Each natural gas-powered truck will cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce fuel usage.”

Trillium CNG’s fast-fill hydraulic intensifier will allow CNG fueling at a rate of 8-to-10 gallons per minute, SuperValu says. Kevin Wolf/Invision/AP Images

Trillium CNG’s fast-fill hydraulic intensifier will allow CNG fueling at a rate of 8-to-10 gallons per minute, SuperValu says. Kevin Wolf/Invision/AP Images

Trillium’s fast-fill hydraulic intensifier will allow CNG fueling at a rate of 8-to-10 gallons per minute, SuperValu says.

The SuperValu station is the first of two Trillium outlets in the Richmond area. The second is under construction at GRTC Transit (F&F, August 31).

“By the end of the second quarter 2014, Trillium CNG will be operating 81 CNG stations nationwide, with 54 of them having public access.”


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Source: SuperValu with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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