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First Kroger Unit Gets Alt Fuel Trucks

December 5, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fred Meyer Stores in Oregon Gets First 11 LNG Freightliner Trucks:
Fleet of 40 Is to Use a Million Gallons a Year of Clean Energy Product

Clean Energy Fuels is talking up the delivery of the first 11 of 40 liquefied natural gas-fueled Freightliner trucks to Kroger’s Fred Meyer Stores in Oregon. The fleet is to fuel at a private station custom-built by Clean Energy at Fred Meyer’s Clackamas Distribution Center off Interstate 205 outside Portland.

Two views of an LNG Freightliner for Kroger's Fred Meyer at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach Calif. (F&F, May 14) .. note Westport iCE Pack LNG fuel tank.

Two views of an LNG Freightliner for Kroger’s Fred Meyer at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach Calif. (F&F, May 14) .. note Westport iCE Pack LNG fuel tank.

The Fred Meyer operation is Kroger’s first to switch to alternative fuels, Fred Meyer Stores president Lynn Gust said in a release. “Converting to LNG trucks allows us to reinvest savings into lower prices while also providing a great benefit to the environment,” he said.

The 40 trucks are expected to average approximately 175 miles per day, six days a week, 52 weeks a year. When they all enter service during the first quarter of 2015, they will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 755 metric tons per year, “which equates to removing approximately 159 passenger cars from the road annually.”

ISX12 G Engines and iCE Pack Fuel Systems

They are Freightliner Cascadia tractors with11.9-liter ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport and iCE Pack brand onboard LNG fuel systems from Westport Innovations (F&F, May 14).

“LNG is a viable alternative fuel for Kroger in the future,” said Kroger logistics sustainability manager Ashley White. “It will serve as a bridge between traditional fossil fuels and emerging renewable fuels and technologies. We are committed to this very important work.”

Kroger has invested $6.5 million in the project and has received a $490,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration via Oregon DoT for the LNG infrastructure. And, according to the Clean Energy announcement, Kroger has applied for $360,000 in grant funding from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to retire nine diesel trucks and completely replace them with LNG trucks.

Enormous Potential

Kroger’s Fred Meyer unit operates 132 multi-department stores in four western states. Parent Kroger, all-told, operates more than 5,000 stores of various types under such banners as City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s – as well as 37 food processing plants in the U.S.

Jim Harger is chief commercial officer at Clean Energy Fuels.

Peter Grace is senior VP for sales.

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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up





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