Lowe’s launches dedicated LNG-powered truck fleet at Texas RDC; goaling all natural gas trucks by 2017
18 October 2013
Home improvement products company Lowe’s has launched a dedicated fleet of natural gas-powered trucks at its regional distribution center (RDC) in Mount Vernon, Texas. Lowe’s dedicated fleet at Mount Vernon is among the first serving a major retail distribution center in North America to run solely on natural gas.
With the transition from a diesel-fueled fleet to trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), Lowe’s expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nearly 20% and control fuel costs as it transports up to 68 truckloads each day to stores in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Steve Palmer, Lowe’s vice president of transportation, said that the company’s goal is to replace all of its diesel-powered dedicated fleets with natural gas trucks by the end of 2017.
Lowe’s is working with its truckload carriers to convert their Lowe’s-dedicated fleets. The company began using natural gas trucks last year at its distribution center in Kissimmee, Fla., and teamed with longtime carrier partner NFI to launch the natural gas dedicated fleet in Texas.
Lowe’s worked with Clean Energy, the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, to research the use of alternative fuels and accelerate the transition to natural gas. Clean Energy will support the NFI fleet by opening a natural gas station in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Lowe’s is a member of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation and a longtime supporter of clean-air initiatives at ports in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Lowe’s has championed transportation conservation strategies since 2005 as a member of the SmartWay Transport Partnership and has received four consecutive SmartWay awards for its environmental leadership. Since becoming an EPA partner, Lowe’s has generated fuel savings of more than 150 million gallons and carbon savings of 1.7 million tons, the equivalent of removing more than 200,000 cars from America’s roads.
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