President of Cummins Westport, Gordon Exel, presented at the World LNG Fuels 2014 conference on 22nd January in Houston, Texas, on the panel Leading Projects, Trends in LNG-Fueled Highway Trucking.
Other presenters on the panel were Andrew Littlefair, CEO at Clean Energy Fuels, Scott Lavery, VP at UPS and Bob Nimocks, chairman of the World LNG Fuels programme committee. The panel agreed that liquefied natural gas (LNG), though not currently as prevalent as compressed natural gas (CNG), will be the choice of the future for road trucking.
Exel’s presentation included an overview of Cummins Westport’s engines, the 8.9 L ISL G, 11.9 L ISX12 G and ISB6.7 G, which enable the use of both CNG and LNG.
Westport LNG tank system
The launch last year of the Westport iCE PACK™ LNG Tank System, optimised for spark ignited engines, which enables fleets to fill up with cold LNG, was also highlighted in his talk.
Audience members were particularly interested in facility maintenance, natural gas vehicle payback time, and the associated challenges for fleets such as UPS, which introduce large numbers of trucks into an area at once.
The progress made in natural gas engines since the launch of Westport 15L engine, according to Andrew Littlefair, has been remarkable both in terms of cost reduction and general market awareness. Exel said Cummins Westport expects to see a strong demand for the Cummins Westport ISX12 G this year.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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