Universal LNG Solutions Inc. (ULNG) has rolled out the first four trucks in a fleet of 95 LNG big rigs at the Sancus Energy campus.
The 95 tractor-trailer trucks are the first in the US with the capability to haul 80 000 lbs of goods for more than 700 miles per fill-up.
Clean LNG engines
The fleet, which will ship goods throughout Texas and the surrounding states during a two-month pilot programme between ULNG and partners, will demonstrate how trucking companies can lower costs while reducing their carbon footprint using clean LNG engines.
Commenting on the milestone announcement, CEO Jeffrey Liu, said: "These trucks are the first-of-its-kind of long distance LNG trucks which can transport 80 000 lbs of goods over 700 miles per fill-up. Though we are the energy capital of the world, the US is far behind in the LNG application field compared to its global peers in Europe and Asia. It is time to make a statement, and I believe that we should do so starting at our home turf here in Texas."
ULNG is expanding its on-road commercial fleet and enlisting its key partners, including Sancus, to join the effort. The fleet will be serviced through the company’s network of stations.
Liu added: "These are the most advanced Freightliner Cascadian trucks equipped with a new breed of Cummins Westport ISX12G400HP Engine. The magic that creates the added fuel efficiency, range and LNG hold time is the integration of a Westport ICEPACK 240 dual tank LNG Fuel System and use of cold LNG during operations.”
"Our partners are some of the most advanced in the world. By working together to roll out 95 of these LNG long haulers in the Greater Texas region, we will bring dynamic, responsible growth to the Greater Texas Golden Triangle area of Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio. We are excited to contribute to an important innovation and to support our State."
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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