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Southern Counties Orders 50 LNG Port Trucks

Southern Counties Express, Inc. (SCE) has placed an initial order for 50 Kenworth LNG (liquefied natural gas) T800 Class 8 trucks (earlier post), representing a value of approximately US$4 million for Westport’s LNG heavy-duty engines and fuel systems. The 50 new LNG trucks will complement SCE’s existing fleet of approximately 150 trucks.

The trucks are being purchased with financial support from the San Pedro Bay Ports’ Clean Trucks Program, an initiative led by the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

The LNG trucks were assembled at Inland Kenworth in California and are ready for deployment. The trucks are expected to commence container movement service at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (the San Pedro Bay Ports) over the next few weeks.

Nine other Port trucking firms have also committed to the new LNG trucks in the initial port deployment. Westport expects to conclude purchase agreements with these fleets over the next few weeks now that funding approvals from the Ports and the City of Los Angeles are in place.

The Westport LNG system comprises LNG fuel tanks, proprietary Westport fuel injectors, cryogenic fuel pumps and associated electronic components to facilitate robust performance and reliable operation. The Westport LNG system is 2007 EPA and CARB certified to 0.8g/bhp-hr NOx and 0.01g/bhp-hr PM.


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