Four Rental Kenworth T800 Models Along the I-84 and I-15 Corridors
Bidding to tempt fleet managers who are wary of the up-front costs associated with LNG trucking, Paccar’s PacLease and Kenworth Sales units, and Utah’s Blu LNG are offering LNG-fueled Kenworth T800 trucks for rent along the Interstate 84 and I-15 corridors from Las Vegas through Utah, Idaho, and eastern Oregon.
Blu, now affiliated with China’s ENN, is busily establishing a network of LNG fueling stations to support the Class 8 vehicles. The network will eventually spread nationwide.
LNG, states a release has until now “seemed too much of a risk.”
“This rental program has the potential to really open up the market for buying and leasing natural gas-powered trucks,” PacLease sales director Olen Hunter said in a release.
The rental program will offer Kenworth 800 trucks – all with the Westport HD 15-liter engine and associated 120-gallon LNG fuel system from Westport Innovations – in four different configurations “to meet the needs of most fleets while matching the LNG fueling infrastructure that Blu is currently installing.” They will meet local delivery, regional haul, long haul and heavy haul requirements.
Four States to Start
The trucks will be available at select Kenworth Sales-PacLease locations near to Blu fueling stations. The three Idaho locations are in Boise, Idaho Falls and Jerome. In Utah, there are three in Salt Lake City, and one in Salina and one in Washington. There are also locations in Las Vegas, and in Pendleton, Ore.
“For companies involved in regional food and beverage distribution, oil and gas exploration, hauling raw products for the agricultural industry, or finished products for food processors, this will be an opportunity to test natural gas-powered trucks in their specific operations and duty cycles,” Hunter says.
‘The Opportunity to Make Sure’
The program with Blu “offers fleets the opportunity to make sure the fueling infrastructure has been established to meet their needs and routes,” he said. “Additionally, they can determine if the price difference between LNG and diesel fuels offers them enough savings to consider more wide-spread adoption of natural gas-powered trucks into their fleet operations.”
- The local-delivery configuration will feature a day cab, single drive axle and a weight rating of 65,000 GVW;
- the regional-haul configuration will feature a day cab, tandem drive axle and a weight rating of 80,000 GVW;
the line-haul configuration will feature a 38-inch sleeper, tandem or tridem drive axles and a weight rating of 80,000 GVW; and
- the heavy-haul configuration will feature day cab or 38-inch sleeper, heavy-duty tridem drive axles and maximum weight ratings that meet local state weight laws.
“The heavy-haul configuration will be particularly well spec’d to handle the punishing environments typical with oil and gas exploration work,” Hunter said.
PacLease says it can provide long-haul units with dual LNG tanks for fleets with longer operating ranges.
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Source: PacLease with Fleets & Fuels follow-up