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LT Verrastro CNG Fosters New NGVs

February 20, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ten Peterbilt 337s and 25 Converted Nissan Vans, Plus Fueling

Pennsylvania beverage distributor LT Verrastro has committed to compressed natural gas, installing a CNG fueling facility in Old Forge to support a fleet of ten Peterbilt 337 trucks and 25 Nissan NV 1500 vans. updated February 27

LT Verrastro headquarters on Moosic Road in Old Forge, Pa.

LT Verrastro headquarters on Moosic Road in Old Forge, Pa.

The project entails an impressive assortment of new vehicle types available as natural gas vehicles, and new equipment helping make them possible.

  • The bi-fuel Nissan vans feature Zavoli engine equipment and new Type IV CNG cylinders from Pennsylvania’s CP Industries, says James O’Donnell of upfitter Alternative Fuel Solutions (AFS; also of Pennsylvania).
  • The Peterbilt 337 became available with natural gas only in December, says Lou Domenico of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Peterbilt.

New Jersey’s Air & Gas Technologies is building the new LT Verrastro CNG facility using an Angi Energy NG50E4 compressor. The limited public access station, to be ready by summer, will have 20 time-fill posts as well as fast-fuel capability. It will be used by LT Verrastro and other fleets, and is to be expanded in 2016 to increase capacity and add redundancy.

LT Verrastro has 25 Nissan NV1500 vans with 6-cylinder engines converted to CNG-gasoline bi-fuel operation by Alternative Fuel Solutions with Zavoli engine hardware. AFS used new Type IV cylinder from CP Industries affording 21 GGEs per vehicle.

LT Verrastro has 25 Nissan NV1500 vans with 6-cylinder engines being converted to CNG-gasoline bi-fuel operation by Alternative Fuel Solutions with Zavoli engine hardware. AFS is using new Type IV cylinders from CP Industries affording 21 GGEs per vehicle.

Zavoli Gear on the Nissan Vans

The Peterbilt 337 trucks have 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport rated at 320 horsepower with 1,000 foot-pounds torque. The are fitted with 45-diesel-gallon-equivalent fuel cylinder assemblies from Agility Fuel Systems. LT Verrastro expects to purchase and deploy ten CNG-fueled Peterbilt tractors as well.

AFS is using sequential injection equipment from Impco affiliate Zavoli for the Nissan NV 1500 vans. U.S. EPA intermediate useful life/IUL approval (applicable to vehicles with engines at least two years old) of the bi-fuel conversions is pending.

Made in Pennsylvania

“Zavoli’s BORA software was designed specifically for use in the U.S.,” says a fact sheet provided to F&F by LT Verrastro fleet and facility manager Mike May: “This software is state-of-the art and allows for open calibration which enables Zavoli’s Certified Installers to fine-tune each vehicle to maximize the benefits of the system and the alternative fuel,” the document states.

Project engineer Thorsten Mathis of Everest Kanto Europe at ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Project engineer Thorsten Mathis of Everest Kanto Europe at ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C.

“Zavoli’s ISO TS 16849 certification provides additional reassurance of the quality and reliability of the Zavoli conversion systems.”

Each of the Nissan vans is to have a single, 21-gasoline gallon equivalent, 21-by-60 inch Type IV CNG cylinder from CP Industries. In CPI’s favor (in addition to price) was the fact that the new tanks are manufactured in Pennsylvania, O’Donnell told F&F. The CPI Type IV tanks were shown at ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C. (F&F, June 30, 2013).

Pat Verrastro is LT Verrastro president. Leonard Verrastro is VP.


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Source: LT Verrastro with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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