Canadian diversified energy company Énergir, formerly Gaz Métro, and Canadian American Transport (CAT) have joined forces to put Quebec’s first class 8 renewable natural gas (RNG) freight truck on the road. This truck was presented at the Montreal Movin’On Summit last week.
Énergir is actively involved in the development of the renewable natural gas sector. It is an energy derived from residual organic matter, renewable and carbon neutral. CAT is Energier’s first customer in the road transportation industry to consume GNR as fuel.
The use of an alternative fuel is not new for CAT. In 2014, the national and transborder carrier converted 110 vehicles from its fleet to diesel to natural gas. Since their commissioning, CAT has reduced natural gas emissions by 3,500 tonnes, the equivalent of removing approximately 22 similar trucks from the road. This environmental shift was a step towards the ultimate goal of operating a fleet of carbon neutral vehicles.
“CAT today marks a milestone in announcing the first heavy truck powered by RNG in Canada. We are proud to have put our energies together to contribute, one truck at a time, to make the transportation industry more carbon-efficient,” said Thierry Salem, Sales Manager, Fuel Market, Énergir.
“CAT Inc is aware of the major impact of transportation on the environment. That’s why our company not only aims to reduce its environmental footprint, but pushes this challenge even further by aiming for carbon neutrality. This first fuel vehicle at the GNR is the first step towards establishing a “zero GHG emissions” fleet, said Daniel Goyette, President, CAT Inc.
Highlights – CAT Inc Truck powered by 100% Renewable Natural Gas
- Certified EPA / CARB 2018
- GNR produces mainly from organic residues in the Saint-Hyacinthe region
- Has a range of 1,125 km
- 90% reduction of air pollutants compared to diesel combustion