Natural Gas reduces costs
Over the road trucking (OTR) represents one of the greatest opportunities for natural gas to be used as a transportation fuel. These heavy-duty high-mileage trucks consume a lot of fuel and benefit from the lower cost of natural gas. Using natural gas in OTR applications reduces costs for shippers, carriers, as well as the end-user or consumer.
Stations are rapidly expanding
Fleets are now deploying natural gas trucks that operate on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). Both forms of natural gas have advantages in OTR applications, and the number of “truck-friendly” public CNG and LNG stations is expanding rapidly. Many of these are strategically located near major highways, often at pre-existing truck stops to support cross-country travel.
The Cummins Westport ISX12N 11.9L 400 HP natural gas engine offers a 90% NOx reduction over the current NOx standard.
Collaboration between shippers and carriers
Shippers are attracted to the environmental and economic benefits of natural gas that help achieve corporate sustainability goals as well as help lower operating costs. Many national shippers are maintaining contracts and awarding new contracts to carriers based on their transition, or willingness to transition, to natural gas.
Many positive shipper-carrier relationships have developed to deploy extensive NGV fleets. Dillon Logistics, a truck carrier based in Burr Ridge, Illinois, currently operates more than 200 CNG and LNG tractors. The company’s policy of utilizing public fueling infrastructure has resulted in the creation of several new public natural gas stations in the areas in which they operate.
Efficiency and emissions
The U.S. EPA and NHTSA have fuel economy (FE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) requirements for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Rules are extensive and establish different requirements for different types of vehicles. For more information, click the button below:
Need a natural gas station on your route?
If use of existing fueling infrastructure is not practical, convenient, or economical, it may be better to build a new CNG, LNG, or LCNG station. NGVA can connect you with member station builders across North America.
NGVA can connect you with member station builders across North America.
A wide array of Natural Gas Vehicle options are commercially available