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Dillon Transport Embraces CNG

June 16, 2015 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

CNG-fueled Kenworth T880 operated by Dillon Transport

CNG-fueled Kenworth T880 operated by Dillon Transport


“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.

Major Dillon Transport terminals. The company's bulk haulers serve all lower 48 states.

Major Dillon Transport terminals. The company’s bulk haulers serve all lower 48 states.

‘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.

Dillon Transport's first foray into natural gas: an LNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 with range of about 350 miles

Dillon Transport’s first foray into natural gas: LNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 with range of about 350 miles


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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview

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