Heavy-duty refrigerated carrier C.R. England says it is adding 10 new trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its Southern California fleet.
The new vehicles are Mack Pinnacle trucks featuring the 11.9-liter ISX12 G natural gas engine from Cummins Westport Inc.
‘Although there are still challenges with utilizing natural gas tractors in our fleets, such as equipment costs, maintenance and degradation MPG, we have made the commitment to continually test this equipment and introduce them into strategic areas where the freight and fueling networks fit best,’ says Zach England, the company's chief operating officer.
‘Collaboration with both vendors and shippers has been a critical factor in the success of the implementation of natural gas tractors,’ he adds. ‘We have seen some of the many benefits of natural gas. We hope to continue to expand our presence this year and into the future.’
C.R. England first introduced natural gas vehicles – using Westport's 15-liter engine – in 2011. The company added compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to its fleet in Utah in 2013.