Clean Energy Fuels, Navistar Supporting Large-Scale Deployment Of Natural Gas Trucks

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is working with Navistar International Corp. to offer Navistar's truck lessees special fueling contracts for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

According to Navistar, Clean Energy will guarantee CNG and LNG fuel prices at a ‘significant reduction’ from diesel for five-year terms. Clean Energy will also support dealer-outreach efforts and educate fleet managers and drivers about natural gas fueling.

For its part, Navistar says it intends to bring to market ‘the broadest range of Class 6 through Class 8 CNG-/LNG-powered vehicles in the category.’ The company's platform currently includes International DuraStar and WorkStar trucks with natural gas-powered MaxxForce DT engines, and Navistar also plans to offer the Cummins-Westport ISL-G in the TranStar and WorkStar.

Navistar adds that it intends to partner with Clean Air Power Ltd. to develop ProStar, WorkStar and PayStar trucks powered by a diesel pilot-injection LNG MaxxForce 13 L engine.

‘The deployment of new, innovative, heavy-duty natural gas engines by world-class original equipment truck manufacturers like Navistar is accelerating the transition to natural gas fuel as a game-changer for heavy-duty trucking,’ says Andrew J. Littlefair, Clean Energy's president and CEO.

‘Navistar and Clean Energy have come up with a breakthrough program that offers customers a quicker payback on their investment, plus added fuel-cost savings from day one of operation,’ adds Dan Ustian, Navistar's chairman, president and CEO.

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