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Sheehy Mail CNG: Trillium, Hydrogen

August 8, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Hydrogen, NGVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trillium CNG Publicizes Omaha Fuel Supply Contract
As the Mail Carrier Evaluates Hydrogen on Its Trucks
And New 11.9-Liter Low NOx Cummins Westport Engine

Love’s Trillium CNG has disclosed a contract with Sheehy Mail Contractors for the supply of compressed natural gas from its station in Omaha. Separately, Sheehy is talking up the use of hydrogen with CNG to improve the efficiency of its natural gas trucks.

ANG for CNG as Tops Replaces Fleet

September 3, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

55 Ryder Freightliners Supported by Station in Lancaster, N.Y.
Quantum Is Supplying 123-DGE Back-of-Cab/Rail Fuel Systems

Tops Friendly Markets and American Natural Gas are celebrating the completion of a new compressed natural gas fueling station in Lancaster, N.Y. east of Buffalo. Tops has committed to replacing its entire 55-unit fleet with CNG fueled Freightliner Cascadia trucks from Ryder. updated with new contact information on September 8

Anheuser-Busch: All-CNG in St. Louis

August 25, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the Brewer’s Second Fleet Switch, Following Houston Last Year

Anheuser-Busch is replacing all 97 of the diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis fleet with new compressed natural gas fueled tractors. “By transitioning to the latest CNG technology, Anheuser-Busch expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year,” states a release.

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.

Ryder Is Taking Tops All-CNG: 55 Trucks

November 26, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Freightliner Cascadias with Quantum Fuel Systems for Next Year
And a New CNG Station by American Natural Gas to Support Them

New York State’s Tops Friendly Markets is converting its entire fleet to compressed natural gas, Ryder System reported Tuesday, noting that the grocery retailer has signed a full service lease agreement for 55 CNG tractors to be delivered in mid-2015.

Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops could halve its fuel costs, Ryder says, “through a reduction of 1,200,000 gallons of diesel fuel consumption.” The Buffalo-area firm operates in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, operating 162 full-service supermarkets.

Tops is replacing its existing diesels with a fleet of 55 new Freightliner Cascadia trucks, CNG-fueled, from Ryder System. They'll have 120-DGE, three-cylinder fuel systems from Quantum.

Tops is replacing its existing diesels with a fleet of 55 new Freightliner Cascadia trucks, CNG-fueled, from Ryder System. They’ll have 120-DGE, three-cylinder fuel systems from Quantum.

In addition to the new CNG trucks, Ryder will provide maintenance from its Buffalo service facility, which is being upgraded for compliance with natural gas standards. The project announced this week is Ryder’s first with Tops.

With Ryder, ‘We Have the Confidence’

“Our priorities are to have a reliable fleet of well-maintained vehicles to ensure our stores receive deliveries on time,” Tops senior distribution and logistics VP Ron Ferri says in the Ryder announcement. “With Ryder’s natural gas vehicles, we have the confidence that we can get the service and performance we need from our new natural gas fleet, while operating more cost-efficiently and environmentally friendly.”

Ferri told F&F that Ryder will furnish Freightliner Cascadia tractors with the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport and CNG fuel cylinder assemblies from Quantum. One back-of-cab and two side-mount tanks will hold 120 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG (two 45 DGE tanks on the sides with a single, rear-window preserving 30-DGE unit aft). Quantum manufactures its own Q-Lite brand all-composite Type IV CNG cylinders.

Cobey Compressors at New Facility by ANG

American Natural Gas, which already operates a public-access facility convenient for Tops immediately east of Buffalo in Lancaster, N.Y., will build a private station for Tops to be completed in May. ANG will use twin 400-horsepower compressors from Cobey Energy (F&F, September 30), says CEO Drew West. The facility is to have one split-flow and two transit-speed dispensers.

“Ryder is leveraging its leadership in natural gas to make it as easy as possible for customers to implement sustainable transportation solutions that also enable them to realize meaningful cost-savings and efficiencies,” Ryder global fleet management solutions president Dennis Cooke said in the Tops announcement.

They’ll all be pulled by CNG tractors.

They’ll all be pulled by CNG tractors.

“When companies like Tops Friendly Markets choose Ryder to manage their fleets, they can focus on driving what matters to them – managing their core business and servicing their customers,” Cooke said.

Ryder says it has more than 27 million miles of natural gas experience, with 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 260 NGV-trained technicians. Ryder has deployed CNG and LNG/liquefied NGVs with fleet customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, and recently expanded its CNG truck business to Canada (F&F, October 24).

John Walsh is business development director for fleet management solutions at Ryder.

George Wright is transportation GM at Tops Markets.

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Source: Ryder System with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

U.S. Oil Gain CNG, Ryder for NE Foods

September 9, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Will Initially Convert 25 Class 8 Tractors:
Freightliner Cascadias to Be Supplied by Ryder

U.S. Oil has disclosed a contract with Northeast Foods for a Gain Clean Fuel compressed natural gas fueling station in Baltimore. Northeast Foods will initially convert twenty-five Class 8 tractors to run on CNG in the Baltimore market, U.S. Oil says. updated September 10

Saddle Creek Takes CNG Cross-Country

February 16, 2014 in CNG, Education, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Eco-Friendly Road Trip is First of Its Kind for a For-Hire Fleet’

Florida’s Saddle Creek Logistics Services is taking a compressed natural gas-fueled Freightliner Cascadia on a cross-country trip, having embarked from Lakeland on Friday bound for San Diego and back.

Freightliner NGVs for Penske Leasing

June 29, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

100 CNG Cascadia Tractors with New Cummins Westport ISX12 G

Penske Truck Leasing has entered natural gas vehicle leasing behind an order for 100 compressed natural gas Freightliner Cascadia tractors powered by Cummins Westport’s new 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine. First deliveries are expected in September. updated with additional contact information on July 2

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