Freightliner Trucks to Serve Owens Corning in Georgia
Pennsylvania-based Modern Transportation reports the deployment on April 18 of the first production trucks to be powered by the new 11.9-liter, dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport. The new Freightliner Cascadia day cab vehicles will supply an Owens Corning roofing plant in Savannah with materials from Sanford, N.C.
Besides Freightliner and Cummins Westport, Modern credits Old Dominion Truck Leasing and Clean Energy Fuels for this month’s successful deployment.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to operate the first production transportation service powered by 12-liter natural gas engines,” Modern Transportation president Patrick Cozzens says in a release.
“Along with our partners who made this happen and Owens Corning who ‘drove’ the idea,” Cozzens said, “we’re committed to delivering high quality logistics solutions in the safest, greenest and most sustainable fashion. As a participant in the natural gas production industry, we’re also delighted to utilize America’s own shale gas reserves to power our fleet.”
Modern Waited for the 12
“This breakthrough in truck fuel technology and power was given strong impetus by Owens Corning through their strategic focus on transitioning their supply chain into natural gas-fueled solutions as rapidly as possible,” Modern said.
“As we strive to improve the total life cycle environmental impact of our products, we have challenged our supply chain/logistics partners to join us in dramatically reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of our inbound raw materials and outbound finished products,” Owens Corning chief sustainability officer Frank O’Brian-Bernini says in the Modern release.
“Modern Transportation has proactively embraced this challenge, solving problems and presenting viable conversion opportunities. We applaud their initiative in contributing to our diesel-to-natural gas conversion strategy,” O’Brian-Bernini said.
Modern says it has closely monitored the natural gas truck sector “and opted to defer on freight business opportunities tied to natural gas powering until the previous generation’s 9-liter engines were improved upon.”
Engine ‘Will Transform the Face of Trucking’
“The horsepower required to move the freight loads common to heavy bulk trucking – particularly for the high volume, mission-critical manufacturers who demand safe, reliable and responsive service – made the 12-liter motor a necessity,” Cozzens says.
“As the natural gas fuel supply infrastructure matures, we believe this generation of natural gas-fueled power plants will transform the face of trucking.”
￼The route between North Carolina and Savannah is served by Clean Energy’s fuel station in Latta, S.C. The station dispenses rapid flow LNG and permits Modern’s fleet to complete the nearly 600-mile round-trip on a single fueling.
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Source: Modern Transportation with Fleets & Fuels follow-up