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REV Group’s Capacity Trucks introduces LNG-fuelled terminal tractors

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REV Group has announced that it has introduced LNG-fuelled engines in its Capacity TJ9000 L9N terminal tractors.

Capacity’s Cummins L9N LNG engine powers the TJ terminal tractor, and features a near-zero emissions certification. Furthermore, LNG is more competitive in matching the duty cycles of a diesel-powered tractor compared to other alternative fuel solutions. This is important as the time required for refuelling means lost time, and therefore lost profitability, for the customer.

REV Group claims that the stainless steel tank used by Capacity Trucks was designed by Chart Industries Inc. and provides an expected service life of 25 years – an excellent match to the proven durability of the TJ9000 platform. With a tank volume of 127 gal., the LNG tractor is set to exceed the total energy of Capacity’s standard 50 gal. diesel tank.

The TJ9000 terminal tractor, which is powered by the L9N LNG engine, is set to participate in a case study performed by the California Energy Commission (CEC). Currently, an order of 20 units will operate for one year at the Port of Los Angles (POLA) in competition against fully electric units manufactured by an industry competitor. According to REV Group, it is expected that the LNG units will compete well due to the increased energy density, as electrical units will need refuelling (charging) more frequently. In addition to this, more time is required to perform a charge than to fill an LNG tank (approximately 1 hour versus approximately 10 minutes).

Ray Quatrochi, REV Group’s VP of Product Innovation, said: “Capacity Trucks is excited to be partnering with the California Energy Commission on this progressive project. Sustainability is a key initiative for REV Group and this LNG case study will pave the way for further use of alternative fuels in terminal trucks and other specialty vehicles.”

In the statement, REV Group and the Capacity Trucks team claim that they are looking forward to the continuation of this case study and the soon-to-be-released Cummins B6.7N engine integration within the LNG platform.

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