It’s the Brewer’s Second Fleet Switch, Following Houston Last Year
Anheuser-Busch is replacing all 97 of the diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis fleet with new compressed natural gas fueled tractors. “By transitioning to the latest CNG technology, Anheuser-Busch expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year,” states a release.
The company is deploying 73 Freightliner Cascadia sleeper trucks and 24 Cascadia day cabs, all with 160-diesel gallon equivalent CNG fuel cylinder arrays by Agility Fuel Systems. The trucks were purchased through Houston Freightliner. U.S. Gain CNG will provide fuel.
The move follows last year’s replacement of the Anheuser-Busch fleet of diesel trucks in Houston with 66 CNG-fieled Freightliner vehicles (F&F, September 4, 2014).
As with Houston, the St. Louis fleet conversion comes as the 2015 football season kicks off, one of the St. Louis brewery’s busiest shipping periods of the year. The CNG tractors will ship approximately 31 million cases of beer this fall, supporting sales throughout the entire Midwest.
Approximately 30% of Anheuser-Busch’s heavy-haul dedicated tractors now run on natural gas, the company said today.
“Transitioning our entire St. Louis tractor fleet to CNG-powered engines brings environmental benefits directly to our company and our community,” Anheuser-Busch senior transportation director James Sembrot says in today’s announcement.
“A conversion of this scale is indicative of the commitment we’ve made to deploying more sustainable technologies and processes at each stage of the brewing process – from Seed to Sip,” he said.
The company says it anticipates a 23% reduction in greenhouse gases versus conventional diesel equipment, the equivalent of taking approximately 526 passenger vehicles off the road.
The new tractors will be fueled at a recently opened CNG station operated by U.S. Gain near the St. Louis brewery, Anheuser-Busch adds. Amerit will provide maintenance support at a nearby facility, recently retrofitted to accommodate the new CNG fleet. J.B. Hunt will continue to manage the brewer’s St. Louis tractors and drivers. Agility will provide the new CNG fleet with logistical support and Element will oversee tractor leasing.
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