Ten Macks Expected This Spring to Augment Existing HPDI Tractors
C.R. England has disclosed a multi-year liquefied natural gas bulk fueling agreement with Shell for the support of LNG trucks for Southern California, “the most mature market for natural gas on-highway transportation in the United States.”
C.R. England, which operates the world’s largest fleet of refrigerated trucks, expects delivery in late March or April of ten LNG-fueled Mack vehicles with the spark-ignition 11.9-liter ISX12 G from Cummins Westport, advises fuels chief Allen Nielsen. They’ll augment nearly three-year-old trucks with the 15-liter high-pressure direct injection engine from Westport Innovations (F&F, January 28, 2012).
Cleaner, Cheaper, Quieter
“We believe natural gas is the best alternative fuel to diesel currently available for long-haul Class 8 trucks,” COO Zach England said in a release. “In addition to reducing emissions, we believe there is the potential to reduce fuel costs and operate trucks that run quieter than those using diesel.”
The firm expects too that its spark-ignition LNG trucks will be able to operate more freely where noise restrictions apply, delivering to supermarkets in residential areas, for example.
C.R. England has two CNG-fueled trucks with the 8.9-liter spark-ignition ISL G engine from Cummins Westport, Nielsen says.
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Source: C.R. England with Fleets & Fuels follow-up