Cool LNG Rigs Hit the Road in California
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Refrigerated carrier C. R. England has announced it will replace some existing diesel trucks serving the southern California market with liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered rigs.
"We believe natural gas is the best alternative fuel to diesel currently available for long-haul Class 8 trucks,” said Zach England, chief operating officer of C.R. England. “In addition to reducing emissions, we believe there is the potential to reduce fuel costs and operate trucks that run quieter than those using diesel."
All its LNG trucks will be powered using the new Cummins Westport 12-liter spark ignited ISX model engine and Shell will supply LNG in bulk, thanks to a new multi-year agreement.
“It can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, from production to use, compared to conventional diesel and bio-diesel in new engines,” England states. “Burning LNG in spark-ignited engines is quieter than burning diesel in combustion engines, so LNG-fueled trucks can operate for longer where noise restrictions apply, for example delivering to supermarkets in residential areas.”
C.R. England was founded in 1920 and is one of North America's largest temperature-controlled carrier, servicing the US, Mexico and regional truckload service as well as dedicated and intermodal services.