Both Dedicated and Duel Fuel Tractors, Nearing 20,
Expansion to Washington State to Start with Dual Fuel
Xpress Natural Gas, which is expanding its provision of compressed natural gas fuel to industrial customers, uses CNG-fueled tractors to deliver that fuel, and plans to continue to do so.
The Boston-based company is branching from New England and New York State to Virginia and to Washington State (F&F, October 21, 2015).
“XNG currently operates the largest CNG fleet in northern New England, and we are growing our CNG fleet at other terminals,” says executive VP Matt Smith.
‘We Believe We Are Unique in the Industry’
“We are active in over a dozen markets across the United States and Canada at this time, and expect to be announcing two new terminal markets by mid-summer,” he told F&F.
“We believe we are unique in the industry in that we own and operate our own fleet of tractors, with our own staff of drivers,” Smith says.
XNG uses a mix of all-CNG Freightliners with the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport and, especially for weights of more than 80,000 pounds, dual fuel Freightliner Columbia trucks with 14-liter Detroit Diesel engines outfitted for CNG with kits from Florida’s Diesel-2-Gas. 100-DGE/diesel gallon equivalent CNG cylinder assemblies are furnished by Agility Fuel Systems.
Licensed for CNG Exports
The company has six dedicated-CNG Freightliners, and three dual-fuel tractors for longer hauls into eastern Canada. The trucks load with CNG at terminals in Manheim, N.Y. (south of Poughkeepsie), and in southern and northern Maine. The northern Maine facility supports customers in New Brunswick and on Prince Edward Island, with Quebec to come, Smith says.
He says that XNG is the only company licensed by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to export CNG.
The Pacific Northwest This Summer
“We are starting service in Washington/Oregon in mid-summer and will be using dual-fuel tractors to launch that market,” Smith says.
XNG operations executive VP John Friedson says he favors the D2G dual fuel conversions for their simplicity. “For me, ease of maintenance is a major factor,” Friedson says. D2G’s dual fuel system, he says, “is one of the simplest systems out there.”
Daughter Station Fueling?
Operations in Virginia are expected to commence by the fourth quarter of this year, Smith says with dedicated-CNG tractors.
Smith also told F&F that while XNG does not currently offer CNG fueling to other fleets, “We are working with Broadwind and Safe on several fueling projects.” XNG-supplied “daughter” stations? Stay tuned!
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interviews