C.R. England Dedicated Services (CREDS), a division of temperature controlled carrier C.R. England, Inc., and PACCAR Leasing Company (PacLease) have entered into a full-service lease agreement on new Kenworth T800 tandem axle day cab tractors powered with the Westport GX 15-liter LNG engine, reports Truck PR. The LNG-powered tractors are expected to go into service this summer, operating on routes between Ontario, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
“In addition to deploying new 2010 emissions technology, the latest aerodynamic equipment, and telematics solutions to reduce fuel consumption and miles traveled, we made a conscious decision to further our environmental stewardship with natural gas-powered equipment,” said Kirk Freimuth, vice president of CREDS. “All of these initiatives will reduce our carbon footprint, improve air quality and reduce diesel fuel consumption in our operations.”
“PacLease is pleased to break new ground as the first full-service lessor to lease LNG-powered equipment to fleets in North America,” said Olen Hunter, PacLease director of sales.
The 15-liter, 450-hp Westport GX engine offers low-emissions performance while maintaining equal horsepower, torque and efficiency to diesel-fueled engines. A typical Class 8 truck using the cleaner burning LNG fuel may reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to an estimated 27 percent, compared to a diesel-fueled truck equipped with a 2010 emission-compliant engine.