Saddle Creek Going Coast to Coast on Compressed Natural Gas


One of Saddle Creek Logistics Services' new compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors has taken off from Lakeland, Fla., on ‘The Great American Green Ride‘ – the first cross-country trip for a Saddle Creek for-hire CNG truck.

The Freightliner Cascadia Evolution truck, which is one of more than 140 CNG tractors in Saddle Creek's fleet, features Cummins Westport's 11.9-liter ISX12 G natural gas engine and up to 600 miles of driving range. It will travel from Lakeland to San Diego and back, making deliveries for customers Procter & Gamble and Lowe's.

‘This trip gives us a great opportunity to showcase CNG's ability to reduce our carbon footprint,’ says Mike DelBovo, president of Saddle Creek Transportation. ‘In the course of this 5,800-mile round trip, the truck will reduce its carbon emissions by 7,656 pounds – more than a pound a mile.’

While in San Diego, the CNG truck will be on display at Saddle Creek's booth at the Retail Supply Chain Conference, Feb. 23-26. During its trip, the truck will access fuel at commercial CNG stations.

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