ACT Expo 2018

Cummins Westport ISX12 G

Kenworth to Show Its NZ T880S at ACT

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Game Changer, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG Concrete Mixer with Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero

Kenworth Truck is gearing up to display a two dedicated-natural gas trucks at the upcoming Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. The ACT Expo 2017 exhibition hall will be open May 2-3.
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TTSI Tests Low-NOx ISX12 G on Redeem

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, Game Changer, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Trucking Industry Is Facing Hard Choices,’ Says CEO:
New CWI Engine Combined with RNG Seen as Viable Answer

Southern California’s Total Transportation Services, Inc., is testing a low-NOx variant of the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from CWI/Cummins Westport, Inc., the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition reports. TTSI, Cal NGVC notes, is one of largest drayage trucking companies in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. updated March 27


TTSI’s re-powered Freightliner Cascadia

The low-NOx ISX12 G is a field test unit, says a CWI spokesman. It has been installed in a Freightliner Cascadia tractor. It is fueled with LNG/liquefied natural gas. TTSI is using “Redeem” brand fuel, made with RNG/renewable natural gas supplied by Clean Energy Fuels, says a Clean Energy source.

Hauler at the Forefront

TTSI has long been an alternative fuel pioneer, committing to LNG/liquefied natural gas trucks for the ports nearly a decade ago (F&F, August 18, 2008) and later testing hydrogen fuel cell trucks for drayage operations (F&F, August 1, 2011).

According the company website, TTSI currently operates 57 LNG tractors.

As Clean as a Battery Truck?

Available for order later this year, the 11.9-liter engine is expected to be certified by the California Air Resources Board to produce 90% less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy-duty engines – “equivalent,” says Cal NGVC, “to that of a truck powered by electricity from the electrical grid.”

“The trucking industry is facing hard choices on how we are going to reduce our emissions impact, especially here in Southern California,” TTSI president and CEO Vic La Rosa says in the association article.

‘Quickest and Most Affordable Way to Cut Our NOx’

“We believe the quickest and most affordable way to cut our NOx emissions to essentially zero is with the new CWI engine and renewable natural gas (RNG).

Cummins Westport’s 11.9-liter ISX12 G hit the market in 2012/2013 (F&F, December 19, 2012). Production of the low-NOx variant – the ISX12G Near Zero? – is to start early next year.

“We’ve successfully operated natural gas trucks in the San Pedro ports since the last Clean Trucks program in 2008, and it’s great that we now have a dramatically improved engine and an even cleaner fuel with renewable natural gas,” La Rosa said.

Next Year for the Low-NOx ISX12 G

Late last year Cummins Westport began full production of the low-NOx variant of its 8.9-liter engine, offering it as the ISL G Near Zero (F&F, October 18). Engines have been shipped to bus and refuse truck OEMs. The ISX12 G low-NOx engine is based on the 12-liter ISX12 G first introduced in 2012, Cal NGVC says. Production is to start early next year.

“CWI anticipates a large demand for this heavy-duty alternative-fuel truck engine,” the association says.

With Biomethane, It’s a Game-Changer

“We understand the importance of reducing NOx emissions, especially here in California and in the middle of one of the busiest transportation corridors in the nation,” said Cummins Westport president Rob Neitzke.

“This 12-liter engine, designed for heavy-duty trucks, can also reduce GHG methane emissions by 70% or more when run on renewable natural gas,” he said.

“We are also running field tests with other fleets in other applications,” a CWI spokesman told F&F, noting that production is to commence in the first quarter of 2018.

Learn More, Much More, at ACT Expo

Learn much more about the potential for low-NOx engine fueled by RNG at the special Game Changer Summit 2.0 session at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. on Monday, May 1. CWI and TTSI chiefs Neitzke and La Rosa are among the scheduled speakers.

ACT Expo itself runs May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Cal NGVC via NGV Global with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CNG Fuel System Enhancements at TMC

February 27, 2017 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Momentum and Agility Tout Engine Compatibility
At ATA’s Annual Transportation Technology Expo

Agility Fuel Solutions and the Momentum Fuel Technologies unit of Rush Enterprises are emphasizing telematics compatibility for their natural gas vehicle fuel systems at the American Trucking Association’s TMC annual meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville this week.


TMC is ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council.

Momentum and Agility are promoting enhanced compatibility with Cummins Westport’s ISX12 G and ISL G dedicated-natural gas engines.

Both Agility and Momentum are promoting systems that are compatible with the latest natural gas engines from Cummins Westport.

Agility’s ‘BlueiQ’

Agility has introduced a product called “BlueiQ” it says was “developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.”

Blue iQ is integrated with Cummins Connected Diagnostics, Insite, service tool, and QuickServe support “to connect vehicles, drivers, managers, and technicians for real-time management, diagnostics, and service,” Agility says, stating further that Blue iQ is the only tool that has access to Cummins proprietary engine data.

“Blue iQ allows natural gas vehicles to operate on a level playing field with diesel, but with lower fuel costs, quieter engines, and less emissions,” Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki says in today’s release.

‘Already Compliant,’ Says Momentum

Momentum says that its line of its line of compressed natural gas fuel systems for Class 6 to Class 8 trucks are already compliant with software requirements expected in 2018 (OBD2018) and are “able to integrate with Cummins ISL-G and ISX12G.

All Momentum fuel systems are also fully integrated with Rush Truck Centers’ telematics platform,” Momentum says.

“Since our company began in 2015, Momentum’s CNG fuel systems have been utilizing the most advanced technologies and communication systems in CNG-powered vehicles,” said Momentum GM Mike Zimmerman. “Momentum was the first CNG system manufacturer to integrate the [SAE] J1939 communication system which connects a truck’s fuel system, fuel management module and engine.

New 175-DGE Array

“In keeping with that approach, our integrated electronics communications system is already compliant with expected software requirement improvements,” he said.

‘A Major Benefit’

Momentum also took the occasion of the TMC meeting in Nashville to unveil 175-DGE/diesel gallon equivalent bac-of-cab CNG fuel cylinder assembly for trucks.

“The larger capacity tank gives drivers even more time between fill-ups,” Zimmerman said.

“This is a major benefit for all drivers, but especially for over-the-road carriers putting in extensive miles.”


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Source: Agility & Momentum at TMC with F&F follow-up

$6.25 Million for ‘Near Zero’ ISX12 G

September 23, 2016 in money awarded, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More CEC Money via South Coast Air Quality Management District

The California Energy Commission is adding $1 million from the state’s Clean Fuels Fund to help Cummins Westport develop a “Near Zero” version of its 11.9-lter, natural gas-fueled ISX12 G engine.
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Natural Gas Option on New Peterbilt 520

May 31, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Refuse Vehicle to Have 8.9- and 11.9-Liter Engine Options

Peterbilt has launched its new Peterbilt 520 refuse truck with a host of new features, including options for natural gas power. The standard diesel version has a Paccar MX-11 engine, but the 8.9-liter ISLG or 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport are also available.
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Funding a Near Zero ISX 12G Variant

October 13, 2015 in Companies, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Partners Would Like to See Mid-2017 Market Debut for the Engine

The South Coast Air Quality Management District and allied organizations in California are looking to put together a $5.25 million funding package for a “Near Zero” version of the dedicated-natural gas 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport.
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Freightliner Adding ISX12 G for Its 114SD

July 29, 2014 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cummins Westport’s 11.9-Liter Engine to Be Available for 2015

Freightliner Trucks said Tuesday that the 11.9-liter ISX12 G natural gas engine by Cummins Westport will be available as a factory-installed option for the Freightliner 114SD severe duty truck model in 2015.
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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.
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CNG Freightliners for Bay & Bay – 100?

March 14, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Minnesota Bulk Hauler Is Starting Out with Two CNG Cascadias,
‘Every Customer Wants to Know What’s Going on with Natural Gas’

Rosemount, Minn.-based Bay & Bay Transportation is talking up deployment last month of two new Freightliner tractors with the new 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport. Company president Sam Anderson says that 10% to 20% of his 500-truck fleet may eventually be natural gas-fueled. updated March 17
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Modern Claims the First 12-Liters

April 25, 2013 in Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Freightliner Trucks to Serve Owens Corning in Georgia

Pennsylvania-based Modern Transportation reports the deployment on April 18 of the first production trucks to be powered by the new 11.9-liter, dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport. The new Freightliner Cascadia day cab vehicles will supply an Owens Corning roofing plant in Savannah with materials from Sanford, N.C.
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Mack Pinnacle LNG Tractor for UPS

March 22, 2013 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Axle Back Tractor Has CWI’s New ISX12 G Engine

Mack Trucks unveiled its natural gas Mack Pinnacle axle back model tractor with 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport, Inc. during the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville this week. The LNG-fueled vehicle was built for UPS and shown in UPS brown livery.
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