Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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tools and exportable power, and provides cab comfort. The energy storage system is recharged by plugging into shore power or by the truck's engine. NV also is adding two Odyne Class 7 hybrid units in Reno. The fleet has a number of lighter-duty electric vehicles and hybrids, uses biodiesel and has a LEED-certified shop in Southern Las Vegas. OAKHURST DAIRY Portland, Maine Private fleet With 78 vehicles, the vast major- ity heavy-duty, Oakhurst this past year replaced 34% of its fuel use with biodiesel, between B20 and B50 blends depending on the time of year, cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 4.5 million pounds. It has four hybrid Class 8 milk delivery trucks. There are solar water panels at the main plant and solar panels creating electricity at one of the depots. Fleet Manager David Green promotes the use of biodiesel through membership in Clean Cities in Maine and New Hampshire. OZINGA BROS. Mokena, Ill. Private fleet In 2011, Ozinga began transition- ing its fleet of concrete mixers to CNG, with a goal of transitioning the entire fleet to CNG by 2020. Presently 120 trucks — over 25% of its fleet — are operating on CNG. Besides concrete mixers, Ozinga has begun using CNG in many dif- ferent support vehicles. In addition, Ozinga created a new company called Ozinga Energy, which has opened four public CNG stations throughout the Chicagoland area and has helped other companies transition to natural gas by building numerous CNG stations through- out the Midwest for both private and public use. PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC San Francisco, Calif. Government/utility fleet PG&E is continuously working on adopting new and improved electric and hybrid technolo- gies, with a fleet containing many plug-in hybrid material handlers, all-electric service body trucks and Chevrolet Volts, as well as 900 CNG cars, pickups, vans, and trucks. It's working with Via Motors to deploy an extended range pick-up truck, expected to achieve nearly 100 mpg. Last summer, PG&E and the Edison Electric Institute challenged other utilities to double down on their investments on electric drive and electrified vehicles. And in Sep- tember, PG&E and Efficient Drive- trains Inc. unveiled two new Class 5 plug-in hybrid electric trucks, a work truck and a bucket truck both based on a Ford F-550 chassis. With all-electric range of approxi- mately 30 miles, they are expected to reduce emissions by up to 80% when compared to conventional- fuel vehicles. PAPER TRANSPORT Green Bay, Wis. For-hire carrier An industry leader in the adop- tion of natural gas, Paper Trans- port says it has developed the longest-natural-gas powered lane in the U.S. – over 1,000 miles. It has 105 Class 8 tractors running on CNG out of a total of 430, up from 80 out of 400 in last year's survey. Of these, 70 of these have the new 12-liter Cummins Westport engine, purchased in the past year. All trucks are governed at 63 mph. Tractors are spec'ed with wide- base single tires and 100 tractors are 6x2 axle configuration. For the past two years all new trailers have been spec'ed with side skirts, and 50% of older trailers were retrofit- ted. All equipment has low-rolling- 74 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Sharp Transportation has upped the average mileage in its 80-truck fleet by nearly 2 mpg.

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