Linde North America, a global provider in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling market, has expanded its commitment to LNG fuel with the successful deployment of 20 additional LNG Class 8 trucks, which will deliver cryogenic gases to its North American customers.
The addition follows Linde’s deployment of three LNG trucks last year to test the performance and economic viability of LNG fuel. The success of the initial program set the stage for the current expansion.
“Our experience with our LNG trucks has been very positive,” noted Fred Kinkin, head of supply for Linde North America. “Natural gas burns more cleanly than diesel and is more economical, so we were able to save money on fuel while reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Given the size of our fleet and our commitment to environmental sustainability, this reduction in emissions and costs is significant.”
Linde is applying its expertise and infrastructure to help develop the U.S. LNG market and illustrate the feasibility and advantages of switching to the alternative fuel.
“Expanding our LNG fleet provides advantages to our customers,” Kinkin added. “LNG-fueled tractors are lighter in weight, allowing Linde to increase payloads, improve service, and better manage fuel costs. In addition, the LNG tractors run more smoothly and quietly – an important benefit for our drivers who spend about 10 hours on the road each day.”
U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales were down 23% year-to-date through November 2018, according to a quarterly report from ACT Research.