Jeff Shefchik, president of Paper Transport Inc. (PTI), believes natural gas will eventually become the fuel of choice for the transportation industry, according to a FleetOwner report. The Great Lakes haulage company has been operating compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks since February 2010, including seven Freightliner M2 natural gas trucks with Cummins ISL G engines, and has clocked up more than 700,000 miles of reduced-emission, reduced-cost deliveries.
“What we’ve been doing is testing every technology out there with natural gas,” Shefchik says, “because we believe it’s the fuel of the future for our industry.” In April this year , he signed an EPA Test Vehicle Exemption agreement with American Power Group, Inc. (APG), a subsidiary of GreenMan Technologies, Inc., to launch an over-the-road test of APG’s dual-fuel system. The test truck is a 2009 Freightliner Cascadia with a 14.8L Detroit Diesel DD15 Series engine running on a combination of compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel fuel.
“We’re trying to test the validity of the product,” Shefchik told FleetOwner. “We believe in the next several years, all of our trucks will run on natural gas, either dedicated or dual-fuel.”