Penske Truck Leasing, headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania, has ordered 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with Cummins Westport 12-liter engines. The natural gas tractors will be used by Penske’s full-service truck leasing and commercial truck rental customers at various locations across the United States.
“Many full-service truck leasing customers continue to evaluate using natural gas vehicles (NGVs) within their truck fleets while others are quickly adopting the use of NGVs to meet their sustainability goals,” said Penske Truck Leasing’s Art Vallely, Executive Vice President of Operations. “We’re encouraged by the interest we are seeing from customers with regard to NGVs and we are fully capable of assisting any fleet with their natural gas powered truck needs.”
75 of the 100 trucks will be used for full service lease customers and 25 will be set aside for commercial rental customers. Public Relations Manager Alen Beljin told NGV Global News delivery is planned for September this year. Penske Truck Leasing estimates that before the year’s end it will have more than 200 natural gas tractors within its fleet.
Penske Truck Leasing offers fleet operators considering natural gas trucks: vehicle specification expertise, lease financing, grant application assistance, a nationwide network of maintenance facilities, and more than two decades of experience maintaining fleets of commercial natural gas vehicles. Beljin added that Penske has developed a natural gas vehicle testing unit to assist with market promotion and provision of information for interested customers. Penske client Waxie
Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. is a joint venture of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group and General Electric Capital Corporation.