The company 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 fleet, which will ship goods throughout Texas and the surrounding states during a two-month pilot program between Universal LNG Solutions and partners, aims to demonstrate how trucking companies can lower costs while reducing their carbon footprint using LNG engines.
Among the key partners in this effort are LA Freightliner/Velocity Group, the largest freightliner dealership in the country and the exclusive LNG on-road equipment sales and servicing partner of ULNG. The dealer has been instrumental in helping to rollout, deploy and achieve acceptance of LNG trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The success of the Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach clean air truck program has lead to a reduction of carbon emission and improved overall air quality of the greater Los Angeles area.
Utilizing ULNG’s LNG re-conditioning technology and the Westport’s fuel system can eliminate venting from the truck’s LNG tank under regular truck usage, achieving a “non-venting” fleet status, the company says. This will allow fleet operators to effectively consume the energy purchased without venting back to the station or into the atmosphere.