Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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also recently announced a part- nership with Ryder and J.B. Hunt transport to replace its 66-tractor diesel fleet in Houston with CNG- powered vehicles. The vehicles are expected to be deployed starting this month, and the fleet will be fully operational next year. CARBON EXPRESS Wharton, N.J. For-hire carrier Last month, this 50-truck liquid tank truck company received an award from the New Jersey Busi- ness and Industry Association for Environmental Excellence. Light- weight specs, including running daycabs even over the road, allows Carbon Express to haul 5,000 to 7,000 more pounds of product than the competition, which means fewer truckloads being shipped but customers receiving the same amount of product. It also means no fuel wasted idling overnight. In 2013, Carbon started buying Volvo trucks with a 6x2 axle configura- tion to further reduce weight and increase fuel mileage. Some liquid bulk tank trailers have lift axles that automatically lift when the tank is empty, for a 1.5- to 2-mpg savings. CARGO TRANSPORTERS Claremont, N.C. For-hire carrier This 500-truck fleet has equipped all Class 8 vehicles with battery- powered cab HVAC. The main terminal has 22 electrified truck parking spots to allow HVAC and trucks to use shore power. All equipment orders for the past three years have included wide base single tires, aerodynamic tank fair- ings and automated transmissions on the tractors; trailers have wide base tires, side skirts and tire infla- tion systems. In the works are solar- powered compaction recycle/gen waste cans in terminal parking lots, conversion to electric hand dryers, conversion of facility lighting to LEDs, use of occupancy sensors for lighting, and installation of two automobile EV charging stations. CENTRAL FREIGHT LINES Waco, Texas For-hire carrier Central Freight Lines has been working with Clean Energy Fuels, EVO Trillium and Questar to build natural gas fueling facilities for both its own fleet of 114 heavy- duty- CNG trucks as well as public fueling facilities. The less-than- truckload fleet (which has more than 1,600 tractors in its total fleet) has more CNG tractors on order, and it bought 400 Hyundai Trans- lead 28-foot pups with side skirts. It also added propane-powered forklifts to its service centers to reduce emissions. CITY OF COLUMBUS Columbus, Ohio Government/utility fleet The city fleet has more than 900 heavy, light and medium-duty vehicles. Columbus' Green Fleet Action Plan is designed to reduce the city's carbon footprint and save taxpayers close to $2 million per year by 2020. The City expects to be displacing over 1.1 million gallons of diesel annually by 2020. It's doing this primarily through CNG, along with biodiesel use. The goal is for 80% of each budget year to go to "green" purchases. Columbus exceeded this goal in 2013, and as of early August this year, 29 out of the 32 purchased have been green and 25 have been CNG. The city recently opened one of the largest CNG public access stations in the Midwest. CITY OF SANTA ANA Santa Ana, Calif. Government/utility fleet A five-year Green Fleet Strategic Plan was launched last year by the fleet department, aiming to create a fleet that is 75 to 80% alternative energy sources. In the past two years, the more than $1.5 million in grant funding has helped the fleet buy heavy-duty propane and CNG trucks and diesel emissions control systems. Using grant funding, the 60 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Central Freight Lines has been working with alt-fuel partners to build natural gas fueling facili- ties for both its own fleet of 114 heavy-duty CNG trucks as well as the general public.

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