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CLNE & Westport for Kroger’s 40 FLs

May 14, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, Companies, Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New LNG Station in Oregon to Fuel Cascadia with iCE Pack Tanks,
Clean Energy Also Supplying LNG, Some Bio-Based, for ATN’s Buses

Clean Energy Fuels and Westport will support a new fleet of 40 liquefied natural gas-fueled Freightliner Cascadia trucks for the food chain Kroger in Oregon. Clean Energy Fuels is to design and engineer a new private LNG fueling station at Kroger’s Clackamas Distribution Center.

LNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia with Westport iCE Pack fuel tank for Kroger Dedicated Logistics at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

LNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia with Westport iCE Pack fuel tank for Kroger Dedicated Logistics at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

The trucks, which are to be delivered by the end of the summer, will have Westport’s iCE Pack brand LNG fuel tanks. They will have 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport.

“This is the first step in Kroger’s effort to transition our fleet to alternative fuels,” Kroger group VP Kevin Dougherty said in a release.

‘175 Miles per Day, Six Days a Week, 52 Weeks a Year’

The new Freightliners will make deliveries to about 50 of Kroger’s Fred Meyer and QFC stores as far south as Corvallis, Ore., and as far north as Longview, Wash., Kroger says – “averaging approximately 175 miles per day, six days a week, 52 weeks a year.”

“These trucks are nearly identical to our diesel fleet, which allows us to have minimal impact on operations,” said Kroger’s Portland-based regional logistics director Matt Hoffman. “They are truly the prototype truck of the future,” he said.

“iCE Pack,” Westport said at ACT Expo 2014, “is the only LNG tank system in North America that operates on cold or warm LNG making it convenient for fleets to fuel at an increasing number of LNG stations across North America. The use of cold LNG results in the highest energy density fuel storage available for class 8 trucking with the added benefit of diesel-like fueling experience for efficient on-road trucking needs.”

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Clean Energy is to provide ‘Redeem’ brand biomethane-derived LNG for Disneyland-serving Anaheim Transportation Network buses.

The Westport iCE Pack LNG tank system, “makes both environmental and economic sense,” Kroger logistics sustainability manager Ashley White says in Westport’s announcement.

Clean Energy Fuels, Busy as Ever

Among numerous new contracts and instances of fleet business, Clean Energy said at ACT Expo that the Anaheim Transportation Network has tapped the company to design a new mobile LNG fueling station supported by multi-year operations, maintenance and fuel supply contracts. It will support ATN’s fleet of 35 LNG buses serving the Anaheim Resort District.

The ATN fleet is expected to consume approximately 490,000 diesel gallon equivalents of LNG per year. “As available,” Clean Energy said, “the fleet will fuel with Clean Energy’s ‘Redeem’ renewable natural gas product.” Clean Energy said earlier this year that it now has three sources of landfill biomethane (F&F, April 2) supporting the Redeem brand sold through CERF, the company Clean Energy Renewable Fuels subsidiary.

As of ACT Expo, Clean Energy has 96 fueling stations that can support heavy duty natural gas vehicles, almost all of them with a combination of CNG and LNG. The firm has opened 14 of its America’s Natural Gas Highway LNG stations in partnership with Pilot Flying J. Of the 14, 11 offer LCNG-derived compressed natural gas as well.

Jim Harger is chief marketing officer at Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE). VP Peter Grace heads up sales.

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Source: Clean Energy & Westport, Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.





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