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C R England Dedicated opts for LNG trucks

Ontario, CA, US: C R England Dedicated, a division of temperature-controlled carrier C R England and Paccar Leasing Company (PacLease) have entered into a full-service lease agreement for new Kenworth T800 tandem-axle, day-cab tractors powered with the Westport GX 15-litre liquefied natural gas engine.

C R England Dedicated will operate the new equipment on an existing dedicated operation on routes between Ontario CA and Las Vegas NV.  The LNG-powered tractors are expected to go into service this summer.

Kirk Freimuth, vice-president, C R England Dedicated, says: “In addition to deploying new 2010 emissions technology, the latest aerodynamic equipment, and telematics solutions to reduce fuel consumption and miles travelled, we made a conscious decision to further our environmental stewardship with natural gas-powered equipment.

“All of these initiatives will reduce our carbon footprint, improve air quality, and reduce diesel fuel consumption in our operations.”

The Kenworth T800 LNG-powered equipment is offered in various Class 8 tractor and straight truck configurations.  Kenworth offers the T440 and W900S LNG-powered and compressed natural gas-powered models, in addition to the T800 LNG model.  It also offers other aerodynamic models such as the T700 equipped with the Paccar MX engine, which was named by the American Truck Dealers (ATD) as the 2011 Heavy Duty Commercial Truck of the Year, and the T600.

The 15-litre, 450-hp Westport GX engine offers low-emissions performance while maintaining equal horsepower, torque, and efficiency to diesel-fuelled engines.  A typical Class 8 truck using the cleaner-burning LNG fuel may reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to an estimated 27%, compared with a diesel-fuelled truck equipped with a 2010 emission-compliant engine.