ACT News 2017


Capstone Kenworth: CNG Drives a Turbine

September 7, 2017 in CNG, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Integration of a Corvus Battery Pack
Driving JJE Motors in Reefer Vehicle for Deliveries,
Agility CNG Tanks Fuel Electricity-Generating Turbine 

Capstone has released details about a CNG microturbine-powered Class 7 Kenworth T370 configured for battery-electric or series hybrid electric operation, intended as a delivery vehicle. Recently completed track testing has confirmed both high-speed performance as well as operation on 20% grades, the company says. updated September 12

Kenworth for Super Low-NOx Trucks

July 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, LNG, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cummins Westport’s 8.9-Liter ISL G Engine
Available for T680, T880 and T880S Trucks

Kenworth’s T680 on-highway flagship tractor and its T880 and T880S vocational vehicles are available for order with the super low-NOx, ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine by Cummins Westport.

UPS Spending $90m More on Natural Gas

March 15, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, LNG, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TruStar for Four New CNG Fueling Stations,
Freightliner & Kenworth for 440 New Trucks

UPS said today that it’s investing an additional $90 million in natural gas trucks and fueling infrastructure. The money will pay for 440 new compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas trucks, and six new CNG fueling facilities.

Kenworth T680, T880 to Get the Near Zero

October 3, 2016 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Super Low-NOx Cummins Westport Powerplant for 2017

Kenworth is making the 8.9-liter dedicated-natural gas ISL G Near Zero engine from Cummins Westport available in its model T680 and T880 trucks effective early in 2017.

Cummins Westport’s 8.9-liter ISL G Near Zero engine

Cummins Westport’s 8.9-liter ISL G Near Zero engine

The truckmaker notes that Emissions from the ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine are 90% lower than the current NOx limit of 0.2 grams per brake horsepower-hour, and meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements.

Regional Haul, Vocational & Refuse Fleets

“The new engine achieves this reduction through the introduction of advanced engine calibration, a unique maintenance-free, three-way catalyst after-treatment system, and a closed crankcase ventilation system,” states a release.

“The Kenworth T680 and T880 equipped with the ISL G Near Zero emissions engine is well suited for regional haul, vocational and refuse fleets focused the reduced environmental impact of natural gas use and reducing their operating costs,” Kenworth assistant sales and marketing GM Jason Skoog says in the Near Zero announcement.

Kenworth’s Paccar sister company Peterbilt recently said that the ISL G would be available in selected models in 2017 (F&F, August 23).

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Source: Kenworth with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


Matheson Natural Gas Trucks for U.S.P.S.

March 15, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

37 CNG and LNG Trucks: ‘It’s The Right Thing to Do’

Sacramento-based Matheson Trucking said Monday that it’s added 25 new compressed natural gas- and 12 liquefied natural gas-fueled tractors to its fleet – “part of a company-wide clean energy expansion program designed to improve air quality, [and] lower greenhouse gas emissions” – and decrease diesel fuel consumption on routes served by the Matheson postal services division. updated March 18

Dillon Transport Embraces CNG

June 16, 2015 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Half of Its Trucks and 60% of Its Miles on the Clean Fuel

Illinois-based Dillon Transport now operates about half of its 500-some-odd over-the-road trucks on compressed natural gas, and runs those CNG vehicles more heavily that the diesels in its fleet.

1,400 CNG Trucks for UPS, 15 CNG Stations

April 1, 2015 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Brown Ups the NGV Ante with Monster Order for Trucks, Infrastructure:
Business for TruStar, Kenworth, FCCC, Agility, Quantum, Landi Renzo, GAS

UPS disclosed plans today to build 15 fueling stations to support its purchase and planned deployment of 1,400 new compressed natural gas vehicles over the next year – “a nearly 30% increase to UPS’s current industry-leading alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of 5,088 vehicles worldwide.” updated April 2

Paccar Units’ New Natural Gas Trucks

March 31, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG-Fueled Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579 at MATS 2014

Paccar’s Kenworth and Peterbilt units showed new natural gas trucks at MATS 2014, last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Kentucky. The new heavy duty offerings are powered by the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport.


Kenworth Trucks, Trilogy CNG Packs

March 4, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Installed by Palmer in Indianapolis, Shown at WTS 2014 This Week

Kenworth trucks continue to be outfitted for compressed natural gas operation in Indianapolis by Palmer Trucks, using CNG cylinder arrays developed by Trilogy Engineered Systems in Stow, Ohio.

CNG Kenworth T800s for Valley Proteins

January 28, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PacLease Providing NGVs to Carolina’s Valley Proteins,
Which Collects Waste Oils to Make Feedstock for Biodiesel

PacLease is providing ten compressed natural gas-fueled Kenworth T800 tractors for Valley Proteins in Gastonia, N.C. – which numbers among its products ingredients for making biodiesel.

First Kenworth with 400-hp ISX12 G

August 26, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG-Fueled T800 Daycab for Chesapeake/Oilfield Trucking Solutions

Kenworth has celebrated the roll-out and customer delivery of its first full-production truck powered by the 400-horsepower version of the 11.9-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine.

TruStar and ISX12 G for MMC Mixers

July 24, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mississippi Operation to Fuel Kenworth Mixers with Modular PFS

TruStar Energy – formerly Vocational Energy – has introduced its new portable fueling system for compressed natural gas in Jackson, Miss., where the unit is supporting a new fleet of a dozen Kenworth concrete mixers operated by MMC Materials.

Kenworth Ramps Up in Natural Gas

July 16, 2013 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Paccar Unit Expects Up to 5% of Industry Builds to Be CNG or LNG,
ISX12 G Spurs Demand, with Customers Including Seaboard Foods

Kenworth is expanding its output of natural gas-fueled trucks, both models offered and units produced, with the expectation that the 11.-9-liter, up-to-400-horsepower ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport will help take the vehicles from the return-to-base sector to the over-the-road market.

Kenworth Hybrids for New York City

February 9, 2013 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sanitation, Parks and DoT Are Saving on Fuel, Cutting CO2

Kenworth has released an informative summary of New York City’s use of hybrid electric trucks with parallel drives from Eaton, reporting that the New York City Department of Sanitation, the Parks Department, and the Department of Transportation all have Kenworth hybrids. “It’s the city that never sleeps,” states a release, and “turns others green with envy.”

C Cross Eyes 50 NGVs to Haul Steel

November 19, 2012 in Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Linde Provided LNG for Successful South Carolina Trials

Mississippi-headquartered C Cross Transport is close to ordering 50 Paccar trucks for hauling steel in the Carolinas, following successful trials of a Peterbilt 389 with the Westport HD engine system. Liquefied natural gas fuel was supplied via a Linde mobile unit.

NTEA for New Trucks & Forecasts

July 25, 2012 in Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Updates from 11 Leading Chassis Manufacturers

The National Truck Equipment Association will hold its New Model Truck Product Conference September 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Mich.

Kwik Trip & Kenworth a Winning Combo

June 26, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Four T440s – and Huge Ambitions for Natural Gas Vehicles

La Crosse, Wisc.-based Kwik Trip – which emerged as the alt fuels leader in the Upper Midwest when its opened its multi-faceted alt fuels filling station in mid-May – is operating a number of natural gas trucks of its own, including four Kenworth T440s for hauling food and petroleum products – two LNG tractors and two CNG straight trucks

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