Half of Its Trucks and 60% of Its Miles on the Clean Fuel
Illinois-based Dillon Transport now operates about half of its 500-some-odd over-the-road trucks on compressed natural gas, and runs those CNG vehicles more heavily that the diesels in its fleet.
“Our research started shortly after the roll out of the Pickens Plan in 2009,” says marketing manager Phil Crofts.
Dillon began operating a fleet of liquefied natural gas-fueled tractors in late 2011, hauling raw material for Owens-Corning despite the trucks’ under-powered 8.9-liter ISL G engines, which were the only available option at the time.
Those trucks have long since been sold, and Dillon has for the most part switched to CNG, fueling a growing fleet of Paccar trucks with 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines (there are now just six LNG tractors in the Dillon fleet, Likewise ISX12 G-powered). The company has fueling stations in Florida, Ohio and Texas, and is planning new ones for CNG in Colorado and Chicago.
‘You Have to Run Them’
“About 50% of our trucks are CNG and 60% of the miles we drive are CNG,” Crofts says. “If you’re going to maximize your return on CNG,” he says, “you have to run them.”
Despite the current low price of petroleum-based fuel, “We’re still saving about a dollar to a dollar and a half per gallon over diesel,” Crofts told F&F.
Kenworth, Peterbilt; Quantum, Trilogy
Dillon’s goal, he says, is to log about 300,000 miles per year on the CNG vehicles. Given a rough number of 6 miles per gallon, that’s a savings of $50,000 to $75,000, per year, per vehicle.
The company operates trucks built by Kenworth and Peterbilt, with CNG fuel systems by Quantum (F&F, April 1) and Trilogy Engineered Solutions.
Dillon specializes in bulk cargoes, both liquid and dry. The company operates from 15 terminals serving 48 states.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview