Clean Energy Fuels Corp., provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, sees the demand from trucking fleets accelerating. Five fleets transporting products for some of the United States’ largest and most well-known brands, have added their weight by switching to natural gas. “With the availability of a new class of heavy-duty natural gas trucks as well as more fueling stations, regional and national trucking operators are seeing the enormous benefits of converting to natural gas as their transportation fuel,” said James Harger, Clean Energy’s Chief Marketing Officer.
The firms will use compressed natural gas (CNG) at existing Clean Energy public access stations, new stations built for the companies, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Clean Energy stations along its America’s Natural Gas Highway. A total of 150 new Clean Energy LNG fueling stations at strategic locations in 33 states are planned for completion by the end of 2013.
“These companies are geographically diverse, but the common theme we hear from all of them is a desire to reduce their fuel costs and to deploy cleaner operating fleets,” Harger said.
Saddle Creek Logistics Services has expanded its contract with Clean Energy to build additional private natural gas fueling stations to support Saddle Creek’s expanding fleet of for-hire CNG trucks. Fueling at its new CNG station at the company’s Lakeland headquarters, a fleet of 40 Freightliner natural gas trucks is now serving Saddle Creek’s Florida customers. With its CNG fleet size projected to grow to 120 trucks, this will be the largest over-the-road CNG truck fleet in the state.
“Sustainability is a core strategy at Saddle Creek. We have opted to transition our truck fleets to natural gas power to help our customers secure the benefits of this clean, cost-efficient, abundant domestic fuel,” said Mike DelBovo, Saddle Creek’s President.
Premier Transportation provides transportation and logistics solutions to the retail department store and consumer products industries. Supported by a national CNG fueling contract with Clean Energy, Premier has deployed a new fleet of CNG-powered heavy-duty Freightliner trucks to serve its customers in the Greater Atlanta area. Expanding to major U.S. metropolitan areas over time, Premier CNG trucks will fuel at Clean Energy’s national network of public access CNG stations.
Hoopes Turf Farm, a family-owned sod production and contract truck transportation company, has 10 LNG trucks in service now and plans to transition its entire fleet of 50 trucks to LNG power. The Hoopes LNG fleet will increasingly rely on Clean Energy’s network of public access LNG fueling stations — America’s Natural Gas Highway™ — which will connect major trucking corridors across the country.
Lily Transportation Corp., a dedicated contract carrier providing value added transportation to the grocery, retail and industrial sectors, recently deployed a new fleet of CNG-powered trucks to serve one of its supply chain customers in the Los Angeles area. The fleet will fuel at Clean Energy’s extensive local network of public access CNG stations.
John Simourian II, President and CEO, states, “We believe that natural gas will become the preferred fuel for transporters, and better yet, it’s good for American jobs, American energy independence, and therefore America.”
Lancaster Foods, a subsidiary of Guest Services, Inc. and the largest wholesale produce company in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region, has begun its transition to natural gas power with a new fleet of CNG temperature-sensitive refrigerated trucks. The Clean Energy CNG public access station at Baltimore/Washington, DC International Airport will provide fueling service to the Lancaster trucks.
Priced up to $1.50 or more per gallon less than diesel fuel (based on current market conditions) the use of natural gas fuel reduces costs significantly for vehicle and fleet owners, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions up to 23% in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. Additionally, natural gas is a secure North American energy source, with 98% of the natural gas consumed produced in the U.S. and Canada.