Power Line Maintenance & Construction Outfit Has 42 Freightliner M2s
Westport is talking up Potelco’s use of 42 Freightliner trucks fueled by liquefied natural gas stored in iCE Pack brand LNG tanks. Potelco, a power line maintenance and construction company based in Sumner, Wash., is one of the state’s largest fleets, Westport notes, with more than 3,000 vehicles.
Potelco has 42 Freightliner M2 model trucks with the 8.9-liter ISL G engine from Cummins Westport: 20 bucket trucks, 20 digger trucks and two fuel tankers. Each is fueled by LNG stored in onboard Westport iCE Pack tanks. The trucks were supplied by Valley Freightliner.
Potelco also has two Ford F-550 trucks and expects by year-end to have between 70 and 75 natural gas vehicles, says fleet manager Steve Steedley. By the end of next year, he expects the tally to double, he says.
“I use all LNG,” Steedley told F&F, for the simple reason that the trucks hold far more fuel than with CNG/compressed natural gas, and thus get more range per fill.
Potelco gets its LNG from Blu, which has a station in Sumner, east of Tacoma. The company operates two mobile LNG fueling units with a capacity of 3000 gallons, Westport reports, and places the units “across Washington to provide access to LNG,” Westport reports, “whenever required.”
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Source: Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up