Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced it will fuel the first heavy-duty natural gas trucks deployed by Bimbo Bakeries USA, the largest baker in the United States.
Clean Energy and approximately 40 competitors have opened nearly 100 public heavy-duty, truck-friendly stations so far in 2014, according to the US Department of Energy. This translates into an annual infrastructure growth rate of over 20%, with certain markets like Texas experiencing significant natural gas fuelling station growth.
Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) has contracted with Clean Energy to introduce its first heavy-duty natural gas trucks into its fleet in California. The 16 heavy-duty natural gas trucks will use fuel from Clean Energy's public access compressed natural gas station network throughout Northern California.
BBU expects to explore options for adding more natural gas trucks to its fleet throughout the country based on the success of this initial deployment. BBU operates more than 65 bakeries and distributes products through 12,000 sales routes throughout the United States.
"As a leader in the baking industry, BBU understands that it has a responsibility to invest in and raise sustainability standards. We are continuously looking for ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and our collaboration with Clean Energy to deploy natural gas trucks is an important step in our company-wide green initiatives," said Jim McKeown, director of environment and sustainability for BBU.
Kenan Advantage Group
KAG, Clean Energy's contract carrier for LNG, is scheduled to expand its LNG fleet with 24 additional LNG trucks. KAG has been operating 25 LNG trucks and fuelling with Clean Energy since 2013.
These trucks will fuel at Clean Energy's America's Natural Gas Highway stations in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
"Expanding our natural gas fleet to haul Clean Energy LNG makes perfect sense since we're delivering to Clean Energy stations every day. We are excited about the opportunity to continue growing with this valuable customer," explained Mark Davis, President of Jack B. Kelley, a subsidiary of The Kenan Advantage Group.
Clean Rentals, Inc./Clean Uniforms
Clean Rentals of New Bedford, Massachusetts, will begin a CNG pilot program with four heavy-duty natural gas trucks in a regional delivery application and fuel at Clean Energy's public natural gas fuelling network.
Modern Transportation is expanding its LNG fleet in the Mid-Atlantic. The fleet is currently running a high mileage application for Owens Corning, with each truck travelling nearly 200,000 miles per year.
"Our LNG truck fleet has performed extremely well and we'll continue to expand this fleet to provide the most environmentally friendly and economical logistics solution to our customers," commented Rich Kushner, VP of sales, Modern Transportation.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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