PacLease Providing NGVs to Carolina’s Valley Proteins,
Which Collects Waste Oils to Make Feedstock for Biodiesel
PacLease is providing ten compressed natural gas-fueled Kenworth T800 tractors for Valley Proteins in Gastonia, N.C. – which numbers among its products ingredients for making biodiesel.
“We take in used restaurant cooking grease; fats oils and grease from grease traps; plus inedible meat, fat and bone by-products, and in turn create useable products for our customers,” Valley Proteins fleet manager Richard Evans says in a PacLease release.
“When we decided that we wanted to be an early adopter of natural gas trucks, and not sit on the sidelines, we looked at all our options and PacLease was clearly the leasing company to work with,” he said.
‘Natural Gas Is Different’ – Hence a Lease Arrangement
Valley Proteins has 21 locations and 12 rendering facilities that process and recycle animal byproducts into feed and oil for biodiesel, PacLease says. The firms owns and maintains its own vehicles.
“But natural gas is different,” Evans said. “We wanted a turnkey program that gave us the benefits of fuel savings and sustainability without having to deal with maintenance and any potential down time. Leasing made sense.”
“We recycle and we’re into sustainability,” Evans said. “Using natural gas is a natural extension for us, plus it supports our own domestic fuel supply.”
Trilogy CNG Fuel Assemblies
Valley Proteins signed a full service lease agreement with MHC Truck Leasing’s Charlotte, N.C., location, the local PacLease franchise. Ten Kenworth T800s (116.5 BBC) were spec’d with Cummins Westport ISX12 G engines rated at 400 horsepower, with Eaton 10-speed transmissions.
“The trucks also feature Trilogy 100 gallon diesel equivalent fuel tanks which give the trucks a range of more than 400 miles on a single fueling,” PacLease said.
Evans also says in the release that each of the T800 CNG tractors, hauling dump body trailers filled with poultry by-products, will run about 80,000 miles a year and make pick-up and deliveries within a 100-mile radius of Gastonia. Fuel is readily available. The rigs run fully loaded at 80,000 pounds GCW, one way to the rendering plant.
‘CNG Is Paying Off’ – $22K per Truck per Year
“CNG is paying off,” Evans said. “Since we’re paying $1.71 for CNG, versus $3.38 for diesel in our area, we’re doing exceptionally well in saving money at the pump.
“If you project those savings out over a year, it would mean a $22,000 savings in fuel per unit. It’s helping pencil out the advantages of CNG and has the potential to give us a great ROI.”
Nationwide, Valley Proteins has 455 Class 8 trucks, PacLease reports.
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Source: PacLease with Fleets & Fuels follow-up