Peterbilt Prepares for Increased Interest in Natural Gas Powered HD Trucks

| USA, Texas | Source: FleetOwner

Peterbilt Model 386 LNG

Peterbilt Motors Co.s recently conducted special customer event in Texas which focused on natural gas vehicle truck models and fleet-based implementation, received double the anticipated attendance, reports FleetOwner, as fleet owners and managers investigate the commercial opportunities provided by natural gas fuel. Robert Woodall, the company’s director of sales and marketing, explained that Peterbilt is investing millions to widen its natural  gas-powered truck offerings, with plans to build 2,000 trucks powered by either compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) natural gas by year-end.

Peterbilt is apparently also working toward having every natural gas truck it produces equipped with factory-installed fuel systems by end of 2012, one outcome of parent company Paccar’s major investment in alternative fuel technologies.

At the same event, Kelly Mills, western US territory manager for natural gas engine manufacturer Westport Innovations, noted that ‘well-to-wheel’ emissions reductions of 26% to 27% compared to oil are now possible given the widespread and abundant supplies of natural gas opening up across the US.

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