LNG Fuel Provider Deploys First Long-Distance LNG Big Rigs
Universal LNG Solutions (ULNG), a global bulk LNG fuel provider, has rolled out the first four trucks in a fleet of 95 Class 8 LNG trucks. ULNG says the 95 tractor-trailer trucks are the first in the country with the capability to haul 80,000 pounds of goods for more than 700 miles per fill-up.
The new Freightliner Cascadia trucks are equipped with Cummins Westport ISX 12G 400HP engines and Westport ICEPACK 240 dual tank LNG fuel systems. The fleet, which will ship goods throughout Texas and the surrounding states during a two-month pilot program between ULNG and key partners.
“Though we are the energy capital of the world, the U.S. is far behind in the LNG application field compare to its global peers in Europe and Asia,” says Jeffrey Liu, CEO of Universal LNG Solutions. “It is time to make a statement, and I believe that we should do so starting at our home turf here in Texas.”
For this reason, Universal LNG is expanding its on-road commercial fleet and enlisting its key partners, including Sancus Energy, to join the effort. The fleet will be serviced through UNLG’s network of stations.
Utilizing ULNG’s unique LNG re-conditioning technology and the Westport’s unique fuel system can eliminate venting from the truck’s LNG tank under regular truck usage, achieving a “non-venting” fleet status. Most importantly, this will allow fleet operators to effectively consume the energy purchased without venting back to the station or into the atmosphere.