November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story
Fort Myers, Fla.
Out of 225 Class 7-8 trucks and tractors, 43 are CNG. The company has a CNG station at its Tampa, Fla., main warehouse. A second station at the Fort Myers facility should be operational by February 2014. In January, 10 new tractors will feature the new Cummins Westport ISX G 12, and another 27 trucks to be delivered next July 2014 with the ISL G.
J.J. Taylor Companies will have a total of 80 CNG-powered units, or 48% of its Florida fleet, by January 2015. The plans are to convert 100% of its Florida fleet by 2017.
The plan is to convert its fleet to 100% natural gas in the next four years. It’s also looking at replacing the vans and pickups in its service and support fleet with CNG-powered versions starting next year.
Out of a fleet of 220 heavy-duty vehicles; currently 10 are dedicated CNG, three are dual-fuel. At press time, 66 more CNG trucks were scheduled to be delivered by the end of the year. The company also plans to convert 80 2007 and 2008 International trucks to a dual fuel diesel/natural gas system from EcoDual. By the end of 2013, a third of the fleet will be CNG, and 80% by the end of 2014.
A 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award winner, Knight has one of the newest fleets in the industry, and for decades has resisted prebuying prior to emissions changes for its fleet of more than 4,000 Class 7-8 trucks and tractors. Almost all of Knight’s 9,400 trailers have been outfitted with advanced aerodynamic trailer skirts, well ahead of the California requirement. Knight is actively exploring alternative and low carbon fuels and has installed a 200,000-watt solar farm at its headquarters. Knight has grown its clean-burning fleet well beyond its dry van roots, in refrigerated, port service, rail service, dedicated service and rail intermodal service.
Mesilla Valley Transportation
Las Cruces, N.M.
A 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award winner, MVT has long been acknowledged as a leader in fuel economy, often developing and testing its own technology, such as trailer skirts, before commercial products were widely available. It runs B20 biodiesel out of its El Paso terminal. All trucks have APUs and wide-base single tires, as well as 6x2 drive trains (single drive with tag axle), which saves about 7 gallons per thousand miles. All trucks are governed and drivers are rewarded for mpg in many ways. All trailers have side skirts, ATDynamics Trailer Tails and wide-base single tires.
With a fleet of nearly 200, Meijer says it was the first fleet in North America to operate 2010 EPA Freightliner Cascadia Trucks, and 95% of its fleet today is is 2010/2014 EPA clean emissions. Wide-base single tires, trailer side skirts, automated manual transmissions, and a governed speed of 63 mph help save on fuel and greenhouse gas emissions. The Midwestern supercenter chain offers natural gas at some of its fueling stations, and the fleet recently completed a three-day demo of the Freightliner with the 11.9-liter Cummins natural gas engine.