Chicago-Area Midwest Cargo Systems Starting with Ten Ryder Trucks
U.S. Venture’s U.S. Gain unit has joined forces with Midwest Cargo Systems for a new Gain Clean Fuel compressed natural gas fueling station in Hodgkins, Ill. The public access outlet at Midwest Cargo’s facility will support a new fleet of ten Freightliner Cascadia trucks leased from Ryder System.
The site is half a mile south of the intersection of Interstates 294 and 55, “one of the busiest trucking corridors in the country.” Construction is to begin mid-month.
“When we look back to our origins, some 80 years ago, we’re reminded of how my grandfather, Jim, started out delivering ice with a horse and wagon,” Midwest president Rob Cunningham says in a Gain Clean Fuel release. “As my father, Bob, grew the company, he continued transitioning to cutting-edge vehicle technology,” Cunningham said.
CNG Tanks and Assemblies TBD
“By converting to CNG, we are continuing their innovative path.”
Cunningham told F&F that he’s looking for a fuel system with capacity for 120 diesel gallon equivalents, with the tractors’ rear-window unblocked. Thus he expects a combination of rail-mount and back-of-cab CNG cylinders. As the Midwest Cargo CNG fleet grows, he says, he expects to be able to take advantage of improved and more economical fuel cylinder assemblies.
The company has nearly two dozen over-the-road tractors serving the Chicago area.
“Converting ten vehicles is a great first step,” U.S. Gain GM Bill Renz says in the Hodgkins station release.
Hard-Charging Gain Clean Fuel
“Even with the recent drop in diesel fuel prices, CNG still provides significant savings,” he said. “I’m confident Midwest Cargo will convert more trucks in the future as the savings adds up,” Renz said.
Gain Clean Fuel says it’s on track to have more than 100 CNG stations in operation within the next two years – there are currently 43 Gain Clean Fuel stations in operation or under construction throughout the U.S. All are public access with fast-fill capabilities and fleet card acceptance.
“We’re not only meeting a growing need in the industry, but we’re building our national network which allows more fleets to leverage the savings and environmental benefits of CNG,” Renz said.
Stephenie Wix is the new divisional sales manager for U.S. Gain.
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