Linde North America is marking an intensifying commitment to liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the purchase of 20 more LNG-fueled trucks. The trucks, expected to be deployed later this year, will be integrated into Linde’s fleet of more than 700 trucks carrying cryogenic gases to customers throughout North America.
Linde’s commitment to LNG-fueled trucks started in 2011 with the pilot program to test the effectiveness of three LNG trucks hauling liquid carbon dioxide to customers throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. After the success of this program, Linde deepened its commitment to the fuel with the purchase and deployment of 20 more tractors last year. The purchase of the new trucks represents 20% of Linde’s total tractor purchases in 2013.
As this program has transitioned from pilot to production, Linde is also investing in on-site fueling infrastructure to help develop the US market. The company’s growing use of LNG vehicles in its own fleet illustrates both the feasibility and advantages of switching to LNG fuel.
For years, Linde has brought its cryogenic expertise to develop the merchant LNG market by building plants at various commercial scales to produce LNG from virtually any methane source.