Clean Energy Fuels Corp. says it recently completed deals with a pair of major fleets, Central Freight Lines and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) via multi-year fuel-supply agreements.
Central Freight Lines is a major trucking company that began its natural gas vehicle initiative last summer, rolling out an initial complement of Peterbilt 384 tractors equipped Agility Fuel Systems tanks and Cummins Westport ISL G engines. Over the last year and half, Central Freight Lines has grown its NGV fleet to total 114 heavy-duty trucks.
Clean Energy will operate a CNG station in South Ft. Worth, Texas, to support its contract with Central Freight Lines.
‘With our continued investment in CNG equipment, we solidify our commitment to our customers, our community and environmental sustainability,’ says Don Orr, Central Freight Lines' president and CEO. ‘This investment with Clean Energy makes positive environmental sense, allowing us to share with our customers our vision for a greener Texas future.’
KCATA is in the process of converting its entire fleet of buses and paratransit vehicles to run on natural gas. The transition will begin with the deployment of 25 CNG buses, and the agency anticipates adding 15 NGVs annually until 256 buses are running on CNG.
To support this plan, KCATA is working with Clean Energy to build a CNG station, and it has executed a 10-year operations and maintenance agreement with Clean Energy. KCATA says it will be using approximately 700,000 DGE of CNG annually by 2017.
‘The transition to natural gas from diesel signals the start of a new era of clean technology vehicles for not only our 16 million customers who ride every year, but for the entire Kansas City metropolitan area,’ says Mark Huffer, general manager with KCATA.