Joint Initiative to Inform Industry, Operators, Owners of Benefits
Southern California Gas has joined forces with the California Trucking Association “to help expand the awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas and alternative fuels for heavy-duty trucking and goods movement.” updated August 11 to reflect September 15 San Diego time and venue change
“The California Trucking Association is excited to welcome Southern California Gas Company as our newest Executive Circle Club Partner and recognizes the importance of natural gas to the continued success of the trucking industry,” CTA CEO Shawn Yadon says in a SoCalGas release. “Trucks carry most of the tonnage and value of freight in the United States and CTA welcomes SoCalGas’ support of our mission as the voice of trucking in California.”
“We recognize the critical importance of the trucking industry to California and value the hard work of truck owner-operators, fleet owner-operators, and national and international carriers in keeping goods movement flowing and our state’s economy healthy,” said SoCalGas customer solutions VP Rodger Schwecke.
‘Save Money, Clean Up Our Air’
“SoCalGas is pleased to join with the California Trucking Association to help its members learn more about the many ways natural gas fueling and clean natural gas engine technologies can help them save money, clean up our air, and mitigate the environmental impact of goods movement.”
SoCalGas mentioned UPS, Swift Transportation, Coca Cola, 99 Cents Only Stores, Frito-Lay and others as logistics, goods movement, and food and beverage operations that have begun transitioning their fleets to CNG fueling.
Summer Evening Workshops
SoCalGas is hosting a series of free natural gas trucking workshops (F&F, April 15) through November at locations in Los Angeles and San Diego. “Fleet operators who have already transitioned to natural gas-powered trucks will be at the workshops to share their first-hand experiences,” the company says.
SoCalGas has lined up speakers from organizations including 99 Cents Only Stores, Angus Transportation, the California Energy Commission, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, Clean Energy Fuels, Coca-Cola, Cummins Cal Pacific, Fox Trucking, Ryder, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
The next four events are slated for
- July 14 at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington (Port of Los Angeles);
- September 15, noon-3:00pm at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (Bay Tower Point Loma Room in San Diego;
- October 14 at the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center in Downey (Los Angeles); and
- November 3 at the Marriott Burbank Airport in Burbank.
- the NGV business case and funding the switch to natural gas trucks;
- natural gas fueling, including infrastructure location, accessibility, and cost; and
- the SoCalGas Truck Loan Program.
With the exception of September 15 in San Diego, all of the workshops are slated to start at 5:30pm. They are to include a no-cost meal and display of natural gas-powered Class 8 vehicles.
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Source: SoCalGas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up