Quebec Dealer Claims a Canadian First with PacLease
Quebec’s Excellence Peterbilt says it’s placing Canada’s first heavy-duty rental truck powered by liquefied natural gas into service via lease. The dealer’s Sainte-Julie outlet and partners Peterbilt Motors, PacLease, Gaz Metro Transport Solutions and Westport HD are offering the 2013 Peterbilt 386 for lease for one month at a time.
“We’re offering private and for-hire transporters an opportunity to test drive and compare the economic and environmental benefits of this alternative technology,” Excellence Peterbilt president Nicole Lussier said in a release.
The one-month lease term allows interested operators time to make their decision regarding LNG, says Excellence Peterbilt LNG point man Jean Rivet. Two months? Non. The LNG lease program, he says, “is not because you need a truck, it’s because you’d like to trial a truck.”
The truck has the Westport HD system with 15-liter, diesel-pilot, high pressure direct injection Cummins ISX-based engine from Westport Innovations – with two 120-gallon LNG tanks, River says. The initial customer is to take delivery on January 7, and will haul steel from Montreal to Hamilton, Ont.
Fueling for the LNG truck has been arranged with Transport Robert in Boucherville (Montreal) and Mississauga, west of Toronto, Rivet told F&F.
CNG in 2013
Gaz Metro offers LNG fueling Quebec City, with Boucherville and Cornwall (eastern Ontario) planned for the first half of 2013.
Location de camions Excellence PacLease will offer heavy-duty vehicles powered by compressed natural gas for the local distribution industry starting in 2013, Lussier said.
Excellence Peterbilt cites Gaz Metro data indicating that the road transport sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Quebec, accounting for more than 40% of the total. Heavy diesel trucks emit 28% of the GHG emissions in Québec, while representing only 2% of all vehicles.
The firm says that it’s is a proven dealer with two years of experience working with LNG. Lussier said both dealerships in Laval and Sainte-Julie “meet the required safety regulation to carry out routine maintenance and mechanical repairs.”
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Source: Excellence Peterbilt with Fleets & Fuels follow-up