In the U.S. State of Utah, natural gas-fueling solutions provider Blu has launched a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueling system for Class 8 trucks aimed at lowering the cost barrier for fleets to adopt the alternative fuel. The Blu V2 LNG Fuel Delivery System has been designed for use on natural gas powered trucks built by Peterbilt, Kenworth, Volvo, Mack and Freightliner, reports Transport Topics (TT).
The company designed the 160-diesel-gallon equivalent twin-tank package to help drive down the cost of LNG trucks, listing the product at $18,000 after a $7,000 rebate for fueling at Blu’s network of 24 LNG stations across the country. TT reports this price to be about 40% lower than comparable fueling systems on the market.
With Blu’s new tank system, the average fleet owner will see a return on investment within two years, compared with a three- to five-year period for current tank systems, CEO Merritt Norton told TT.
The tank systems are available in a variety of configurations to meet fleets’ different needs, including 80 DGE and 68 DGE tank sizes, and come with a two-year, 200,000-mile warranty.
Shipping is expected to commence in November.