Clean Energy Expands U.S. Southeast LNG Refueling
Clean Energy expects to supply approximately 2.4 million DGEs of LNG and open four stations
Raven Transport to deploy 115 additional heavy-duty LNG trucks
Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s longtime customer Raven Transport is expanding its clean-burning natural gas fleet with 115 Peterbilt Model 579s, equipped with sleepers and powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company. Clean Energy will support this fleet by opening truck-friendly natural gas fueling stations in Atlanta, Ga., Birmingham, Ala., Pearl, Miss., and Theodore, Ala.
The fleet will also fuel at Clean Energy’s multiple existing fueling stations throughout the U.S. Southeast, as well as using mobile LNG fueling units.
“The natural gas fueling ecology continues to strengthen as America’s largest shippers and their logistics companies transition to natural gas. As these four stations open and join our existing infrastructure it becomes increasingly feasible for fleets hauling in the Southeast and beyond to make the switch to natural gas,” said Chad Lindholm, vice president of Clean Energy.
“Raven is rising to the challenge to move our customers’ goods with clean-burning fuel. Industry-leading shippers continue to set the standard in sustainable logistics, and today’s announcement enables Raven to accommodate these high standards,” said Stephen Silverman, chief operating officer for Raven Transport.
Raven purchased its expanded natural gas truck fleet from Rush Truck Center – Jacksonville, Fla., part of the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States, which is owned and operated by Rush Enterprises. Custom Vehicle Solutions, another Rush Enterprises company, then completed the installation of Chart LNG fuel systems purchased through Clean Energy’s tank pricing program. The fleet will operate on irregular routes originating from production plants and distribution centers in the Southeast and is forecasted to consume approximately 2.4 million additional DGEs of LNG annually.
Natural gas fuel costs up to $1.00 less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions. The use of natural gas fuel not only reduces operating costs for vehicles, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30% in light-duty vehicles and 23% in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. In addition, nearly all natural gas consumed in North America is produced domestically.