First Québec City Firm to Choose Natural Gas ‘On a Permanent Basis,’
Labrie Side-Loaders with Luxfer Type IIIs on Freightliner 114SD Chassis
Canada’s Gaz Métro Transport Solutions is praising Gaudreau Environnement as “the first company to choose natural gas as a fuel on a permanent basis within Québec City.” Gaudreau has taken delivery of two Freightliner trucks outfitted for compressed natural gas operation with side-loading bodies by the Labrie Enviroquip Group.
“Gaudreau Environnement is a key player in the collection of waste and recyclable materials sector in Québec, and joins the ranks of a growing number of Québec carriers making natural gas their fuel of choice,” states a Gaz Métro release.
“Our road tests with compressed natural gas were very conclusive, both environmentally and economically,” Gaudreau GM Johnny Izzi says in the CNG truck announcement.
‘Only the Beginning’
“Natural gas generated substantial savings on the cost of fuel, and the quieter engines make our service even more respectful of the community we serve,” he said.
“For us, the two trucks presented today are only the beginning, and confirm our intention to gradually convert our entire fleet of vehicles in Québec City and eventually those of our Victoriaville subsidiary.”
The initial two trucks are based on the Freightliner 114SD chassis with 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engines. Freightliner is making the 11.9-liter ISX12 G available for the severe duty truck for 2015 (F&F, July 29). The larger engine may be used for roll-off vehicles, Bruno Cabana of Freightliner Trucks Drummondville told F&F.
Luxfer Dynetek Cylinders
Labrie uses Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum CNG cylinders from Luxfer Dynetek in a special winter package, says salesman Louis-Charles Lefebvre. The capacity of 100 diesel gallon equivalents is as much as 30% better than competing CNG side-loader designs, the company says.
“Natural gas generates savings on fuel of up to 40% compared with diesel, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions up to 25%,” said Gaz Métro fuel market director Éric Desmarais.
Gaudreau, says Gaz Métro, has opted for a private compression installation by Gaz Métro Transport Solutions on its Québec City property.
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Source: Gaz Métro Transport Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up