‘Eco-Friendly Road Trip is First of Its Kind for a For-Hire Fleet’
Florida’s Saddle Creek Logistics Services is taking a compressed natural gas-fueled Freightliner Cascadia on a cross-country trip, having embarked from Lakeland on Friday bound for San Diego and back.
Saddle Creek will make deliveries to Procter & Gamble and Lowe’s, “two top CNG customers.” The firm show the natural gas Cascadia at the Retail Supply Chain Conference in San Diego next week.
“This trip gives us a great opportunity to showcase CNG’s ability to reduce our carbon footprint,” Saddle Creek Transportation president Mike DelBovo said in a release. “In the course of this 5,800-mile round trip, the truck will reduce its carbon emissions by 7,656 pounds – more than a pound a mile.”
600-Mile Range, Even with CNG Fast-Fill
Saddle Creek calls it “The Great American Green Ride,” and says that the “eco-friendly road trip is first of its kind for a for-hire fleet.”
The Freightliner Cascadia Evolution with advanced aerodynamics is part of a Saddle Creek fleet of more than 140 CNG tractors. The truck’s 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport “has enough power to handle the variety of terrain conditions on a cross-country trip,” Saddle Creek says, noting that the vehicle can travel as much as 600 miles on a single fast-fill, and will fuel at commercial CNG installations on the cross-country trip.
A Road Trip to RILA
“We’ve already travelled more than 15 million miles on CNG in support of our customers’ local and regional delivery needs,” DelBovo said. “Taking this coast-to-coast road trip is a natural next step and a great way to generate excitement for this environmentally friendly transportation solution.”
“It represents a significant landmark for alternative fuel technology,” he said.
The Saddle Creek CNG truck will be on display at Saddle Creek’s Booth SS4 at the Retail Supply Chain Conference, February 23-26.
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