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Matheson Adding Kenworth CNG Trucks

June 11, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Twenty-Seven New T680 Tractors with Agility Fuel Systems
Plus New Green Logo: a ‘Fresh, Contemporary Brand Identity’

Matheson Trucking said this past Tuesday that it’s adding 27 new compressed natural gas tractors to its clean energy fleet this year, boosting the company’s total to 64 alternative energy vehicles.

‘We are expanding our fleet with natural gas vehicles,’ says Matheson, ‘to assist in driver retention, improve driver confidence, and provide a quieter, smoother ride, free from diesel fumes.’ The Sacramento-based company is ‘a 98% Kenworth shop,’ information technology and fleet maintenance VP Debra White said last year (F&F, March 15, 2016). Matheson’s new CNG trucks are Kenworths, too: T680 tractors with fuel systems by Agility Fuel Solutions.

“Our firm is dedicated to a policy of increasing the use of clean energy fuels to improve air quality, decrease diesel fuel consumption and reliance on foreign oil, while helping to preserve our environment,” said COO Charles Mellor said in a release. “These new CNG tractors are part of that ongoing commitment – with more to come.”

“Our new CNG tractors display a fresh, contemporary brand identity with a logo symbolizing our growth and transformation, while also celebrating the culture of innovation we have built over a half century in business,” corporate operations VP Joshua Matheson says in last week’s announcement.

‘What Matheson Is All About’

“It is our way of expressing our values and showing customers and the general public what Matheson is all about.”

They are Kenworth T680 vehicle with CNG fuel system assemblies from Agility Fuel Solutions, he told F&F.

Kenworth T680 with CNG cylinder installation by Agility Fuel Solutions. Note new green Matheson logo.

The firm logs approximately 600 trips each day, totaling an average of 98,600 miles per day driven nationwide.

U.S. Postal Service Is a Key Client

Matheson says that it began converting its fleet to clean energy-powered tractors in 2014. Last year the Sacramento-based company had 25 CNG and 12 liquefied natural gas/LNG tractors for a total of 37, and “this year 27 new CNG tractors are being added.

“Fifteen of these already support USPS shipments to and from the Los Angeles basin and Las Vegas, and 12 more will be ordered and placed in service this fall in Denver.

“They bring the company’s alternative energy fleet inventory to 64 tractors, or 26% of its fleet.” Across all divisions, Matheson adds, the corporate fleet numbers 286 tractors pulling a mix of 342 trailers with an average length of 53 feet.

Expect More CNG for Matheson

“We will continue to expand our fleet of natural gas or alternative fuel powered tractors wherever it is practical and cost effective to do so,” said information technology and fleet maintenance VP Debra White.

The company has nine Matheson Postal Services terminals supported by maintenance shops in eight western cities, and provides terminal handling services at 27 metropolitan airports across the country.

Matheson was founded by Robert and Carole Matheson in 1962 and remains privately held and family-owned.

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Source: Matheson Trucking with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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