Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

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FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT Juno Beach, Fla. Government/utility fleet FPL operates one of the largest clean "green" fleets in the nation, with approximately 1,750 biodiesel- powered vehicles and more than 550 electric and hybrid electric vehicles. In 2006, FPL was the first utility in the nation to place in ser- vice a medium-duty hybrid-electric bucket truck. It's scheduled to de- ploy another 70-75 plug-in hybrids this year, mainly Altec upfits on the Ford F-550 chassis, but also some full-size Odyne bucket trucks and a half-dozen electric vans from Via Motors. FPL won the Environmen- tal Protection Agency's Clean Air Excellence Award for 2014. FRITO-LAY Plano, Texas Private fleet Frito-Lay hopes to reduce its total fuel consumption and green- house gas emissions by 50% in 2020 compared to a 207 baseline. It has nearly 18,000 vehicles; 16,000 are Class 3-6 and 1,340 are Class 7-8. It is running 333 CNG trucks in Class 7-8, 200 propane medium-duty trucks, and says it has the largest private all-electric delivery fleet with 280 Smith Dlectric Vehicles. It has signed "anchor tenant" agree- ments with natural gas fuel sup- pliers to build some 15 additional publicly accessible CNG stations across its plant network in the next two to three years. GORDON TRUCKING INC. Pacific, Wash. For-hire carrier This fleet's 2,000 tractors run on SmartWay-approved tires, and 70% have Thermo King APUs. Freightliner Cascadia Evolutions with automated manual trans- missions are getting 7.9 mpg so Gordon has ordered 175 more. In addition, 70% of its 6,600 trailers are outfitted with Freight Wing aerodynamic belly fairings, 100% have SmartWay-certified tires and 65% have automatic tire infla- tion systems. Trucks with lower than average fuel mileage are run through a trouble-shooting list to determine if it is mechanical is- sues or driver behavior; equipment problems are fixed and drivers brought in for additional coaching. In addition, maintenance facilities feature efficient lighting, infrared heating, and recycling of metal, paper/cardboard and waste oil. GREEN ENERGY OILFIELD SERVICES Fairfield, Texas For-hire carrier Green Energy says it's the first company in Texas, and perhaps the country, to fuel its entire fleet with liquefied natural gas, and the larg- est LNG consumer in the state. The private equity backed oilfield ser- vice company began operation in mid-2012. Today it has close to 100 trucks, 85 vacuum trailers, 450 frac tanks, 24 mud tanks, 12 acid tanks and other equipment. Its initial 60-truck order of LNG-fueled trucks was specified with 475-horsepower Westport GX 15-liter engines. In January, 24 more were added, with the addition of dual LNG fuel tanks to double the trucks' range. HALVOR LINES Superior, Wis. For-hire carrier With 320 trucks, Halvor in the past year added more than 150 new Kenworth and Volvo trucks spec'ed for fuel efficiency and has added aerodynamic enhancements, such as ATDynamics TrailerTails. All office and shop lighting has been converted to LED and all paper and cardboard is recycled. The fleet is evaluating alternative fuel en- hancements, such as diesel water emulsion and hydrogen injection, as well as monitoring the progress of liquefied natural gas for use as a future alternative fuel. 66 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Green Energy Oilfield Services says it's the first company in Texas, and maybe the country, to fuel its entire fleet on LNG.

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