Matheson Trucking, Inc. acquired six new 80,000 lb. Gross Vehicle Weight Kenworth T680 tractors in April built for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) operations with 12 more on order for delivery in the fall, bringing the company’s CNG fleet to 58 tractors. When combined with the company’s existing 12 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tractors, Matheson will have a total of 70 clean energy vehicles by December.
With these new vehicles, 28% of Matheson’s 245 tractors will be powered by natural gas — with more to come. Nationwide, the company manages a fleet of tractors, trailers, aircraft ground support equipment and maintenance facilities throughout the U.S. and employs more than 1,500 workers. The company is ranked in the top 20 among the 150 leading suppliers to the U.S. Postal System based on payments received in fiscal year 2017, according to the Husch Blackwell annual report.
“Matheson supports the sustainability goals of the United States Postal Service and its own clean energy objectives in keeping with our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency,” said Debra White, vice president for Information Technology and Fleet Maintenance. “CNG is an industry trend, and it is preferred by us over LNG based on the availability of fueling locations along our routes.”
As stated on the Matheson website, 780,000 gallons of diesel per year have been converted to natural gas.
Matheson’s drivers and those of its subcontractors drove a combined total of over 35.4 million miles in 2017 — from short-haul distances starting at 1.5 miles to long-haul routes up to 2,854 miles — while maintaining a satisfactory compliance, safety and accountability rating from the FMCSA.
Matheson is also a SmartWay Certified Partner. Established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the SmartWay program helps carriers demonstrate clean energy achievements, show continuous improvement and learn best practices using EPA’s performance tools. Registered partners benchmark and track efforts to account for reduced emissions through increased operational efficiency and fuel economy that produces measurable results.
Source: Matheson Trucking, Inc.