Two Kenworth T660 Tractors with ISX12 G Engines for Texas
FedEx Freight has taken delivery of two Kenworth T660 tractors, liquefied natural gas-fueled. The trucks, believed to be the first LNG vehicles for FedEx in North America, have pre-production ISX12 G natural gas engines – the new, 400-horsepower over-the-road powerplant from Cummins Westport, Inc. The ISX12 G will be available for regular sale in limited numbers in 2013.
The LNG-fueled T660s were shown to investors and lenders at FedEx headquarters in Memphis on October 9.
“We have been looking forward to the limited beta release of the new Cummins 12L gas-only engine and we are proud to be among the first to receive these new tractors,” FedEx Freight safety, fleet maintenance and facility VP John Smith said there. “This is the first engine powerful enough to meet most of our needs that is gas-only,” Smith said. “In other words, it does not require diesel or diesel after-treatment to operate.
Dallas Has the Infrastructure
“During our testing phase, the LNG tractors will be ‘slipseated’ so they are actually used in two road schedules per day, logging nearly 1,000 miles per day,” Smith said. “This will allow us to quickly and thoroughly test the new engines and to determine if they perform adequately in our duty cycle.
“Natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel, which provides an environmental benefit through lower greenhouse gas emissions. We’re excited about the potential, and are committed to thoroughly evaluating the technology to determine if it’s a good fit for our fleet.”
The two new Kenworth tractors are to be formally unveiled – at which time they will enter trial service – at a media event in Dallas on November 1. The Dallas area, says a FedEx spokesman, “has the infrastructure in place that will support our refueling needs.”
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Source: Fleets & Fuels reportage