Westport Innovations Inc. announced yesterday that it is working in cooperation with Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers with over 2600 supermarkets in North America, to meet Kroger’s environmental sustainability goals.
"The Kroger Company has a strong commitment to finding energy efficient solutions for business operations, and to reducing our carbon footprint," says Ashley White, Logistics Sustainability Manager at The Kroger Co. "Adopting LNG for transportation with the Westport iCE PACK™ LNG Tank System makes both environmental and economic sense."
Kroger has placed an order for 40 Westport iCE PACK systems – LNG tank systems for natural gas trucking fleets that use clean burning, domestic LNG, a cheaper alternative to diesel. The systems will be integrated into their Freightliner natural gas trucks, which will also feature the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine. All 40 trucks will be delivered to Kroger by the end of summer 2014 to support their corporate goal to improve fleet efficiency by increasing miles per gallon and load capacity.
The supermarket chain is implementing their first pilot programme of the Westport iCE PACK systems at a distribution centre in Los Angeles.
"Westport iCE PACK™ provides Kroger's natural gas trucking fleet with a cost-effective way to help meet their sustainability goals," said Mark Aubry, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Westport. "As one of our first customers of iCE PACK, our latest technology for fleets running on LNG, Kroger clearly demonstrates their leadership in identifying new solutions that help continuously improve their fleet efficiency."
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
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