Natural Gas – Conversions, Vehicles and Technology

Universal LNG Rolls Out Long-Range Natural Gas Trucks

April 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Universal LNG Solutions.
Photo courtesy of Universal LNG Solutions.

Houston-based Universal LNG Solutions Inc. unveiled four long-range Freightliner Cascadia heavy-duty trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) that will be used by at least two national logistics fleets, the company announced.

The first tractor-trailers, powered by Cummins Westport ISX 12G 400-hp engines, will be the first in the U.S. with the capability to haul 80,000 pounds for more than 700 miles per fill-up, Universal LNG said.

The fleets receiving the trucks include a "large, national logistics company servicing the Texas Golden Triangle from the Port of Houston," and a "major oil and gas company with a focus on 'clean oil patch' and a desire to displace diesel as the standard in hauling," according to a Universal LNG spokesman.

The first fleet will ship goods throughout Texas and nearby states during a two-month pilot program between Universal LNG, LNG technology company Sancus Energy, and other partners. The initiative is designed to demonstrate how trucking companies can lower costs while reducing their carbon footprint using LNG engines, Universal LNG said.

"For our initial trial, we are aiming to achieve a 5 miles per diesel gallon equivalent performance and will keep the performance data public," said Jeffrey Liu, CEO of Universal LNG Solutions.

The combination of Universal LNG’s re-conditioning technology and the Cummins Westport fuel system is designed to eliminate venting from the truck’s LNG tank under regular truck usage, achieving a “non-venting” fleet status so fleet operators can effectively consume purchased energy without venting back to the station or into the atmosphere.

Comments

  1. 1. Donald O. Peterson [ April 30, 2015 @ 09:41AM ]

    The one big missing piece of information is what does this day cab weigh when fueled to capacity for the 700 mile trip @ 80,000.Lbs??? This would then allow a realistic comparison between the fuels!

  2. 2. Louis Conti [ May 01, 2015 @ 12:22PM ]

    I note that the unit is absent of a sleeper, so it truly isn't a Long Distance Hauler. My guess is that the loss of 1000 miles of range when compared to 300 gallons of diesel isn't an issue either. What about the venting to atmosphere if you don't use the fuel quickly? Add the conversion cost, ROI, include the maintenance training and the shop upgrades and you have lipstick on a pig. It is sad that the propaganda wheels continue to spin on a business model that doesn't make sense when compared to diesel.

  3. 3. Big Yellower [ May 02, 2015 @ 12:41PM ]

    I was chating with an UPS. Feeder Driver in PHX AZ at the Flying J
    LNG fuel stop. UPS LNG feeder tractors only have a range of 500 miles. Versus the diesel feeder tractors range around 1,000-1200 miles.. For LNG to work it would need a range of at least 1,600- 2,000 miles to be profitable and more " Green". Also to compete with More superior Diesel Big Rigs..

 

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