TICO Launches CNG Pilot Tractor
TICO Manufacturing has developed and is testing a new terminal tractor prototype using a Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) 8.8 liter Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine. The tractor is already in service with plans for additional pilot testing.
TICO terminal tractors are widely used at distribution centers, rail terminals and ports in North America. According to TICO’s General Manager, Frank Tubbert, the new CNG prototype tractor features design enhancements that improve both value and reliability over conventional models, with the benefit of improving emissions to meet environmental aims.
The prototype fits within TICO’s larger program to develop and expand an industry-leading portfolio of alternative-fuel terminal tractors. As part of that effort, TICO has worked closely with its customer UPS to develop competitively-priced alternative fuel vehicles in order to expand future fleet options to achieve the package delivery leader’s sustainability goals. The CNG prototype, currently in pilot testing, is a product of this collaboration.
“The increasing costs and complexity associated with meeting diesel emissions is helping the shift to offer gasoline and alternative fuel engines,” Tubbert added. “This collaboration reflects that shift. We also wanted, in large part, to offer the customer more choices and to focus on clean air as a major policy objective.”
“We’re excited about the growth of our relationship with TICO,” said Gary Winemaster, PSI’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we’re developing a family of alternative-fuel options that offer leading companies like UPS flexibility and a pathway to fleets that are cleaner, easier to maintain, and less expensive. This CNG terminal tractor is a great addition.”