Installed by Palmer in Indianapolis, Shown at WTS 2014 This Week
Kenworth trucks continue to be outfitted for compressed natural gas operation in Indianapolis by Palmer Trucks, using CNG cylinder arrays developed by Trilogy Engineered Systems in Stow, Ohio.
Trilogy, so new to the business that it launched a website only last week, began shipping production CNG cylinder arrays this past July (beta units were used for earlier work; F&F, March 13, 2013) and already claims credit for some 400 heavy duty trucks.
Palmer did 84 Kenworth-Trilogy builds in November and 107 in December, says equipment manager Jim Rike. The dealer has established a new facility here in Indianapolis to handle the CNG work.
Trilogy is looking to boost its business five-fold this year.
“We’re hoping to garner about 20% of the market,” says CEO Gary Gibb. “It’s a moving target,” he says, citing an OEM projection that 8,000 to 10,000 heavy duty natural gas tucks will be sold this year.
“There’s a lot of pent-up demand,” he says.
Gibb predicts that CNG will win out over LNG, even for the long-haul market. Trilogy offers back-of-cab arrays holding as much as 163 diesel gallon equivalents.
Palmer-Trilogy on Two Kenworths at WTS
Palmer also notes that the Indiana Department of Transportation has 19 CNG-fueled Kenworth T470 dump trucks which also serve as snow plows. And, as a gauge of the maturity of the natural gas vehicles market, Palmer is now offering used CNG Kenworths for sale in addition to its new vehicles.
Palmer Trucks received the Compressed Natural Gas Award for Outstanding Leadership in Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance and Safety Training for Fleets from the U.S. DoE’s Clean Cities organization in late 2012.
Kenworth brought a CNG-fueled, short-hood T800 roll-off vehicle to the NTEA Green Truck Ride-and-Drive taking place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at the Work Truck Show, and is displaying a T440 at its booth – both with Trilogy fuel systems.
Andy Douglas for Two Conference Events
“When you see it on a truck, it sells itself,” Gibb told F&F.
The Kenworth T800 at WTS 2014 has the new 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine while the T440 is powered by the 8.9-liter ISL G, both by Cummins Westport.
Kenworth is also showing a T370 diesel-electric hybrid.
Kenworth’s Andy Douglas, national sales manager for specialty markets, will participate in an OEM forum on “The Future of Sustainability for Work Trucks” at WTS 2014, and separately will offer a “Kenworth Update on Alternative Fuel Options,” both on Wednesday morning, March 5.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels for ShowTimes for NTEA Work Truck Show