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C.R. England Hosts Utah Symposium

August 7, 2013 in Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Current and Future Uses of Natural Gas in the Trucking Industry’

C.R. England hosted its first Natural Gas Shipper Symposium on Tuesday, August 6, at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. “The event highlights the current and future uses of natural gas in the trucking industry and will feature remarks by Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell, senior executives from Salt Lake City-based C.R. England, and presentations from ten of the top industry experts on the use of natural gas in transportation,” the company said in an advance notice.

this item was originally posted on August 2

CNG Freightliners and LNG Kenworths on show by C.R. England in Park City, Utah yesterday. Erik Neandross photo

CNG Freightliners and LNG Kenworths on show by C.R. England in Park City, Utah yesterday. Erik Neandross photo

The Tuesday event was the first of its kind to be hosted by a major carrier – a natural gas vehicle operator and customer, rather than an industry proponent or green-seeking shipper.

Scheduled Speakers

  • Zach England, Chief Operating Officer, C.R. England;
  • Frank Love, president and COO, Love’s Travel Stops;
  • Bob Carrick, natural gas sales manager, Freightliner;
  • Jim Harger, chief marketing officer, Clean Energy Fuels;
  • Erik Neandross, CEO, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates;
  • Rick Maveus, 3M;
  • Amanda Copperthite, LNG business development, Shell;
  • Clint Schroer, territory manager, Cummins Westport;
  • Andy Bowman, logistics manager, Hershey;
  • Dave Uncapher, senior sourcing and operations leader, Owens Corning; and
  • Allen Nielsen, director of fuel, C.R. England.
C.R. England, ‘the largest temperature-controlled carrier in the world,’ with thousands of heavy duty trucks, has begun operating natural gas vehicles and formally inducted two CNG-fueled Freightliner M2 tractors into its fleet on August 6. Eric Schramm photo

C.R. England, ‘the largest temperature-controlled carrier in the world,’ with thousands of heavy duty trucks, has begun operating natural gas vehicles and formally inducted two CNG-fueled Freightliner M2 tractors into its fleet on August 6. Eric Schramm photo

Topics

  • Natural Gas Introduction: Fuel Types, Engines and Equipment;
  • The Shipper’s Perspective: Why and How to Get Involved:
  • Liquefied Natural Gas versus Compressed Natural Gas; and
  • Steps to Getting Natural Gas Into Your Fleet

Key Takeaways

  • Maintenance has been a concern, but is improving;
  • negative ROI in the early stages;
  • the price of fuel tanks needs to come down;
  • 76 of the LNG fueling station’s on Clean Energy’s America’s Natural Gas Highway have been completed, and 15 are open;
  • new 3M fuel cylinder technology could lower costs by 20% or more;
  • Owens-Corning wants 50% of its network miles to be natural gas-fueled by 2020, and is urging its carriers to get onboard;
  • grants are still helpful and partnerships are critical – well structured projects can result in real savings for all concerned;
  • momentum is certainly gathering; and
  • C.R. England is “very optimistic in the long run.”

The event included formal induction of two CNG-fueled Freightliner M2 tractors into the C.R. England fleet, augmenting five LNG trucks in service in Southern California.

“C.R. England continually strives to find and implement greener transportation options,” company co-chair Dean England said in a pre-event release.

“CNG tractors are one of the best alternative fuels currently available,” England said. We are incredibly excited to be the largest refrigerated carrier to incorporate CNG tractors into our fleet and see great potential for future expansion.”


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Source: C.R. England with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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