The number of motor carriers adopting compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles is increasing, as is the number of fueling locations offering the fuel. However, when it comes to maintenance, the needs of CNG vehicles differ from those of their diesel counterparts.
Once again in 2015, Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics will be highly visible at this year’s Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo taking place in Dallas, May 4-May 7, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. A platinum sponsor, Penske will appear on multiple panels and be an exhibitor.
The company will have a compressed natural gas (CNG) tractor on display in booth 626. On Thursday, May 7, a full-service Penske Truck Leasing facility equipped to service CNG vehicles will be one component of an off-site Expo tour.
Penske Truck Leasing has accepted $1.5 million in Act 13 grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to complement the purchase of compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks as part of its sustainability efforts. In all, the office of Gov. Tom Corbett dispensed $7.3 million this week to a variety of organizations.
Penske Truck Rental has 85 compressed natural gas (CNG) Freightliner Cascadia tractors available for commercial rental use in select markets. These day cab tractors are equipped with Cummins Westport 12-liter engines. CNG tractors from Penske are currently in-stock and ready to rent in select markets including: Southern California, Northern California, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and Baltimore.
“An increasing number of customers have expressed a desire to evaluate natural gas vehicles to see if they make sense as part of their overall fleet strategy,” stated Don Mikes, senior vice president – rental.
Penske Truck Leasing announced today at the Alternative Clean Energy (ACT) Expo that it was awarded grants totaling $525,000 from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) in Diamond, Bar, California. The grants will help offset the company’s costs to modify its existing locations in Southern California and enable it to provide maintenance services on trucks with engines that run on natural gas.
Taking that first step to introducing natural gas vehicles (NGVs) into a company’s truck fleet is by no means an easy decision with myriad dynamics to analyze when taking that next step.
“Natural gas vehicles have a growing place in the transportation industry,” explained Drew Cullen, Penske’s vice president of fuels and telecommunications. “Incorporating these vehicles into a fleet can contribute to sustainability goals because they run on cleaner burning fuel and the support infrastructure from a fueling and maintenance standpoint is growing rapidly.”
There was a grand opening event in Phoenix today as Penske Truck Leasing formally opened a multimillion dollar state-of-the-art facility.