37 CNG and LNG Trucks: ‘It’s The Right Thing to Do’
Sacramento-based Matheson Trucking said Monday that it’s added 25 new compressed natural gas- and 12 liquefied natural gas-fueled tractors to its fleet – “part of a company-wide clean energy expansion program designed to improve air quality, [and] lower greenhouse gas emissions” – and decrease diesel fuel consumption on routes served by the Matheson postal services division. updated March 18
“We’re not doing this just to meet EPA clean air and state emissions standards,” Matheson information technology and fleet maintenance VP Debra White said in a release. “It’s the right thing to do.”
“With annual fleet distances driven totaling nearly 36 million miles, combining peak and non-peak times,” she said, “we continue to search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and GHG emissions to enhance the environment.”
LNG in Oakland, CNG in Boise
Matheson says it introduced 12 LNG-fueled Kenworth T880 day cabs in Oakland, Calif. in January and has completed the deployment of 17 CNG-fueled Kenworth T680 tractors in Boise, Idaho. The company is taking delivery of eight additional CNG T680 sleeper-cab tractors for its Los Angeles-Seattle runs.
The CNG tractors for Boise include five three-axle sleepers, ten three-axle day cabs, and two single-axle day cabs. They “pull a mix of trailers in Boise, with most in the 53-foot long category, used to transport U.S. Postal Service mail along designated routes,” Matheson says.
‘Less Dependent on Fossil Fuel’
“We plan to increase our inventory of green CNG tractors in the fleet wherever it is practical and cost effective to do so, and while diesel may still have an edge on long-haul routes, Matheson wants to move in a positive, responsible direction by becoming less dependent on fossil fuel,” said operations VP Joshua Matheson.
“Matheson is well underway toward achieving its goal of utilizing alternative technology and/or alternative fuels,” said White.
Agility + Clean Energy Fuels = Less Diesel
“We are a 98% Kenworth shop, with a few Freightliners and International tractors still in the fleet. We partnered with Kenworth, Agility Fuel Systems and Clean Energy Fuels Corporation to spec the most fuel-efficient tractors possible as well as to expand the network of natural gas fueling stations across the U.S.,” she said.
“With the introduction of these new CNG and LNG tractors, Matheson estimates this will decrease the company’s diesel fuel consumption by 718,468 gallons per year.”
Matheson’s Sacramento maintenance manager is Daniel Shandy. Jason Criner is Boise shop manager and a certified CNG cylinder and fuel system inspector: “With a conservative range of 704 miles on a full tank,” he said in Monday’s release, “these CNG tractors are ideal for shorter routes where refueling may not be required for a round-trip.
10% of the Boise Fleet
“However, both Boise and Salt Lake are within the range of local fueling companies which makes these regions a great place to start deploying CNG-fueled tractors,” Criner said.
Gary Sandquist is Matheson’s terminal manager in Boise, supervising a staff of 67 employees. His unit has 17 CNG tractors representing 20% of the Boise fleet.
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