Iowa Operator Doubling Its Fleet of CNG-Diesel Dual Fuel Trucks
Orange City, Iowa-based Meerdink Trucking is adding to its initial test fleet of compressed natural gas-diesel dual fuel trucks with Landi Renzo USA fuel systems, Landi reported this morning. The Freightliner trucks have remanufactured, pre-EGR, 12.7-liter Series 60 engines by Detroit Diesel.
Landi partner Baker Electromotive does the system integration using Landi Renzo engine equipment. Baker also fabricates the trucks’ back-of-cab CNG cylinder arrays, using Q-Lite brand Type IV fuel cylinders from Quantum.
Meerdink picked Baker and Landi as partners for Freightliner Class 8 glider trucks converted to DNG/Dual Fuel CNG operation this past February, states today’s Landi Renzo announcement. According to the release, “By fueling with DNG, Meerdink has a strong return on investment, while reducing their consumption of diesel fuel.”
‘Our Second Round’
“Meerdink has been evaluating the new dual fuel CNG trucks in their fleet and have achieved optimum fuel savings, driving range, and productivity,” Meerdink Trucking president Scott Meerdink says in the Landi-Baker announcement. “We are now ordering our second round of DNG systems from Baker and have plans for additional DNG trucks,” he said.
Meerdink Trucking has four dual fuel trucks now and is adding four more, Baker Electromotive chief Skip Baker told F&F.
Landi Renzo USA got U.S. EPA approval of its dual fuel system late last year (F&F, November 9).
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Source: Landi Renzo USA and Baker Electromotive with Fleets & Fuels follow-up