C.R. England Dedicated, a division of temperature-controlled carrier C.R. England Inc., and Paccar Leasing Co. on Tuesday, May 17, announced that they have entered into a full-service lease agreement on new Kenworth T800 tandem-axle day cab tractors powered with the Westport GX 15 liter liquefied natural gas engine. C.R. England Dedicated will operate this new equipment in an existing dedicated operation on routes between Ontario, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev. The LNG-powered tractors are expected to go into service this summer.
“We are extremely pleased to obtain new Kenworth LNG powered equipment from PacLease,” says Kirk Freimuth, vice president of C.R. England Dedicated. “C.R. England Dedicated is raising the bar on what it means to be a ‘green’ carrier. In addition to deploying new 2010 emissions technology, the latest aerodynamic equipment and telematics solutions to reduce fuel consumption and miles traveled, we made a conscious decision to further our environmental stewardship with natural gas-powered equipment. All of these initiatives will reduce our carbon footprint, improve air quality and reduce diesel fuel consumption in our operations.”
Kenworth offers the T440 and W900S LNG-powered and compressed natural gas-powered models, in addition to the T800 LNG model. The company also offers other aerodynamic models such as the T660 and the T700. The 15-liter 450-hp Westport GX engine uses 5 percent diesel and 95 percent LNG, which the company says reduces NOx by more than 33 percent and has 20 percent less greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are excited to expand our growing relationship with C.R. England Dedicated as they continue to increase adoption of new and innovative technology,” says Olen Hunter, PacLease director of sales. “Their selection of liquefied natural gas-powered Kenworth T800 tractors equipped with Cummins Westport GX power demonstrates their commitment to the environment and prudent business acumen as this world -class LNG technology promises to be an excellent match for their duty cycle and performance requirements.”