REV Group’s Capacity Trucks Introduces LNG-Fueled Terminal Tractors
REV Group, a manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands and a provider of parts and services, has introduced Cummins-Westport L9N LNG engines, which boasts a near-zero emissions certification, in their Capacity TJ9000 L9N terminal tractors.
The stainless-steel tank used by Capacity Trucks was designed by Chart Industries Inc. and provides an expected service life of 25 years—a perfect match to the proven durability of the TJ9000 platform. With a tank volume of 127 gallons, the LNG tractor is set to exceed the total energy of Capacity’s standard 50-gallon diesel tank.
The TJ9000 terminal tractor, powered by the L9N LNG engine, is set to take part in a case study performed by the California Energy Commission (CEC). Currently, an order of 20 units will operate for one year at the Port of Los Angles (POLA) in competition against fully-electric units manufactured by an industry competitor. It is anticipated that the LNG units will fare well in competition due to the increased energy density, as electrical units will require refueling more frequently. In addition, more time is required to perform a charge (approximately 1 hour) than to fill an LNG tank (approximately 10 minutes).
“Capacity Trucks is excited to be partnering with the California Energy Commission on this progressive project,” said Ray Quatrochi, REV Group’s VP of Product Innovation. “Sustainability is a key initiative for REV Group and this LNG case study will pave the way for further use of alternative fuels in terminal trucks and other specialty vehicles.”