Southern California Gas Co. to Demonstrate CNG Drayage Trucks at SoCal Ports; CNG-Hydrogen Blend to Follow
Southern California Gas Co (The Gas Company), California Cartage Co. (Cal Cartage) and Autocar will collaborate to develop and put into service the nation’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks used to transport containers off-loaded from ships. Five trucks will be delivered in June 2008 and used to move containers between the San Pedro Bay ports, which include the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, to nearby freight-consolidation yards.
The new truck engines are certified to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2010 on-road emission standards. Cal Cartage, the largest trucking company operating at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, will operate the CNG-powered trucks, which are manufactured by Autocar and are powered by Cummins Westport ISLG engines.
The new drayage trucks will produce NOx emissions 80% lower than the certification level for even the cleanest heavy-duty diesel engine, performing better than the emission requirements of both the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and the California Air Resources Board. Following the initial 12- to 18-month demonstration project, The Gas Company hopes to then further reduce emissions from the CNG drayage trucks by switching the fuel from CNG to a CNG-hydrogen blend for further emissions reductions.
Autocar manufactures natural gas-powered trucks for the refuse and other industries. Many of its natural gas vehicles designed and built at its Hagerstown, Ind., factory are now operating throughout Southern California.
Kenworth Truck Company has begun production of Kenworth Class 8 T800 LNG (liquefied natural gas) trucks using Westport’s LNG HPDI fuel system technology adapted for the Cummins ISX 15-liter engine. The announcement co-incided with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announcement to approve a new $1.6 billion Clean Truck Superfund. The fund will assist replacing many of the 16,800 Class 8 trucks serving the ports with cleaner vehicles. (Earlier post.)