‘We’re No Longer Testing,’ Says Paper Transport Chief
Wisconsin’s Paper Transport, Inc., which helped prove out the 11.9-liter engine from Cummins Westport long before it entered production, is placing its second bunch of ten ISX12 G-powered Kenworth T660 sleeper tractors into service this month.
PTI began testing two Kenworth natural gas trucks in 2012 and this past spring became one of Kenworth’s first customers to run CNG-powered Kenworth T660s with the ISX12 G, Kenworth says.
“It’s been a learning curve, but we’re no longer testing,” PTI president Jeff Shefchik says in a Kenworth release.
“We’re well on our way to adopting natural gas, which we think will provide us a significant competitive advantage.”
Others ‘Are Just Now Starting’
“While other larger trucking companies are just now starting tests of natural gas-powered trucks in response to requests from shippers, we’ve already gotten a major education in making natural gas work in our operation,” Shefchik said.
“We’ll continue to add more natural gas-powered trucks because we believe in the potential of this fuel for our operation,” he said.
According to Kenworth,
- Paper Transport’s first order of ten natural gas-powered Kenworth T660s, delivered in the spring, came equipped with the 350-horsepower Cummins Westport ISX12 G and Kenworth 62-inch AeroCab sleepers. The company also specified Agility Fuel Systems tanks, one with 75-diesel-gallon equivalent of CNG capacity mounted to the back of the cab, and a second, 40-DGE tank mounted to the driver side.
- With its second order of ten CNG-powered Kenworth T660s, going into service this month, PTI has opted for the 400-horsepower ISX12 G and a 72-inch AeroCab sleeper. PTI also chose more fuel capacity with an Agility CNG cylinder array offering 100 DGE of CNG capacity for the back-of-cab and 40 DGE of CNG capacity, side-mounted, yielding a 600-mile range on a single fueling.
Kenworth says that Shefchik plans to replace 25% of the diesel-powered units in its 400-truck fleet with trucks running on compressed natural gas by the end of this year.
“We believe natural gas is here to stay, particularly given all of the natural gas production happening in the United States,” Shefchik said.
Power and torque, and “simplified emissions and a 40 to 50% reduction in fuel price are key motivators for customers like Paper Transport to consider natural gas,” said Kenworth’s Andy Douglas. “Price stability has also been key.”
PTI said last month that Trillium CNG has opened a second fueling outlet supporting its trucks – and other natural gas vehicle operators – at the Bay Beach Shell station in Green Bay, Wisc.
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Source: Kenworth with Fleets & Fuels follow-up