FedEx Freight, a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corp. with corporate offices in Memphis, Tennessee, has purchased more than 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors and installed a CNG fueling station to serve the new fleet at its Oklahoma City Service Center. The U.S. provider of LTL freight services contracted with Clean Energy Fuels Corp to design, build and maintain the fueling station.
The CNG fueling station in Oklahoma City also provides efficiency for fueling the fleet through two different methods. The facility includes a four-lane “fast fill” station which closely replicates a diesel fueling experience. Also on site is a “time fill” station which has six zones and 18 hoses. In time-fill applications, drivers connect their vehicles to an automated system in which the tractors are fueled over an extended period of time, typically overnight.
“The use of natural gas by FedEx Freight is a natural extension of our corporate-wide efforts to provide sustainable solutions that benefit the customers and communities we serve,” said Mitch Jackson, vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corp. “Across the FedEx enterprise, we continuously look for ways to maximize our efficiency while advancing our commitment to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways.”
“This substantial investment in CNG by FedEx not only demonstrates their continued leadership in long-haul transportation, but their decision is another example of their commitment to broader sustainable goals that now includes a new CNG truck fleet in Oklahoma City that is using a fuel that is cleaner and domestic,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, CEO and president of Clean Energy. “Clean Energy is thrilled to work with FedEx to help in ensuring a more sustained and safer environment for future generations.”
The fueling station is estimated to dispense approximately 2.5 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) per year and will be showcased at a ribbon cutting ceremony October 11 by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
CNG is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1 percent of the volume it occupies at standard atmospheric pressure. Natural gas burns more cleanly than diesel, producing lower CO2 emissions, and almost all of the natural gas used in the U.S. comes from domestic sources, thereby helping the country become more energy independent.