Rush Enterprises, Inc., owner and operator of a network of commercial vehicle dealerships across the USA, says representatives from its Rush Truck Centers in Austin and Waco, Texas have participated in a review of the first of 60 Peterbilt Model 388 LNG (liquefied natural gas) trucks that will be delivered to Green Energy Oilfield Services, LLC for servicing XTO Energy (ExxonMobil) field operations. “Because the trucks are LNG-powered, we will not bill a diesel surcharge, allowing us to pass on an estimated $5 million in savings annually to XTO Energy,” explained Roger Nevill, President and COO of Green Energy Oilfield Services, LLC. “Even further, we can return support for our customer’s business by powering our trucks with LNG fuel.”
Green Energy Oilfield Services will operate 50 trucks as vacuum trucks, used to remove and dispose of formation water, and 10 as winch trucks, used to transport frac tanks (portable tanks for onsite storage of fluids). The trucks are expected to enter operation in April. Clean Energy will provide the LNG fuel for the vehicles.
The Peterbilt Model 388 tractors are equipped with a Westport HD 15-liter natural gas engine, Eaton 13-speed transmission, 40,000 lbs. Dana Spicer rear axles and a Peterbilt Airtrac suspension.
Rush Truck Financing helped secure the financing for the 60 truck deal. The LNG truck deal is one of the largest of its kind in Texas for Rush Truck Centers, although Rush Truck Centers has been involved in sales and service of alternate fuel vehicles for more than a decade in other parts of the country. Rush Truck Centers has provided over 200 Peterbilt LNG refuse trucks to the City of Los Angeles, California and Peterbilt LNG Day Cabs to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
The pilot review was conducted at Peterbilt Motors Company’s Denton, Texas manufacturing facility.
(This article compiled using information from a Rush Enterprises, Inc. press release)