Talladega Facility to Support VTC Fleet of Honda Auto Haulers
Built by Trillium and Supplied, for Now, by Luxfer-GTM Trailers
The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition and Virginia Transportation Corp are spreading the word about the April 6 ribbon-cutting of a new compressed natural gas fueling facility just east of Talladega that will support a new fleet car haulers serving the Honda plant in Lincoln, Ala.
The Talladega station is owned, operated, and maintained by VTC. Trillium CNG engineered and built the station to VTC specifications, including a Trillium Hy-C hydraulic intensifier to reduce fill times and increase the amount of natural gas that can be loaded per fill.
“The station is fully redundant and state of the art,” says VTC Talladega project manager Wendy Ferguson. It’s equipped with Ariel compressors, on-site storage cylinders, and a 450-kilowatt (600-horsepower) CNG-fueled Cummins back-up generator.
A ‘Daughter’ Station for Now
“We have opened the station as a ‘daughter station’ with a design to switch to ‘mother station’ at the time the public utility upgrades infrastructure to support the operation,” Ferguson says. For now, VTC is managing a virtual pipeline serviced by Luxfer-GTM tube trailers – “keeping VTC completely self-reliant.
“We are currently on track to displace approximately 475,500 gallons of diesel annually with this project alone,” she says.
Mainstay-Equipped Peterbilt 365s
VTC and Mainstay Fuel Technologies – which supplied onboard CNG fuel systems for trucks –detailed the 30-truck fleet late last year (F&F, December 8).
The Talladega station was built by Trillium CNG on land leased from CSX at the railhead used by the new Cummins Westport IAS12 G-powered Peterbilt 365 daycab vehicles.
‘A First in the Auto-Hauling Industry’
“It has been approximately one year since we broke ground on this exciting project,” states the invitation to next week’s 6 ribbon-cutting. “This is a first in the auto-hauling industry. With the great foresight of Honda, Virginia Transportation Corp has executed a plan which offers not only a clean way to transport Honda’s vehicles, but the opportunity to fuel a fleet of CNG trucks with American-produced fuel.”
The April 6 ceremony begins at 9:00am Central time. U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers is expected to attend.
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Source: Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition with Fleets & Fuels follow-up