LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2015/ PRNewswire/– Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will team with the California Trucking Association (CTA), the country’s biggest state trucking association, to assist broaden the awareness of the economic and environmental advantages of natural gas and alternative fuels for heavy-duty trucking and items motion. “We acknowledge the important value of the trucking industry to California and value the hard work of truck owner-operators, fleet owner-operators, and national and worldwide providers in keeping goods motion flowing and our state’s economy healthy,” stated Rodger Schwecke, vice president of client options for SoCalGas. “SoCalGas is pleased to join with the California Trucking Association to help its members learn more about the many ways gas fueling and clean natural gas engine technologies can help them conserve cash, clean up our air, and alleviate the ecological effect of goods activity.” “The California Trucking Association is delighted to welcome Southern California Gas Business as our latest Executive Circle Club Partner and recognizes the significance of natural gas to the ongoing success of the trucking industry. Trucks carry most of the tonnage and value of freight in the United States and CTA welcomes SoCalGas’ support of our mission as the voice of trucking in California,” said Shawn Yadon, CEO of CTA. A recent report by the Customer Federation of America shows fuel costs are the single biggest part of transport costs, representing over one-third of the total cost. As transport expenses go through to customers, fuel is the largest element of the pass-through. Minimizing transportation fuel expense benefits customers and the resulting net cost savings for customers offers them more discretionary income, which stimulates financial activity in other sectors to produce a substantial positive economic multiplier. Gas is one of the most budget friendly and cleanest burning …
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Miami-based Ryder Systems recently broadened its compressed gas (CNG) truck fleet services into Arkansas, with Fort Smith-based Boyd Metals and Greenwood-based Alpha Packaging being the first 2 consumers. Robert Cook, who works in Ryder’s Fort Smith workplace, said the CNG trucks are made by Volvo in North Carolina and have a Cummins 12-liter engine. The taxis do not have a sleeper berth, and are used for daily roundtrips of less than 300 miles. The rides are more pricey. A truck that might cost $100,000 will certainly cost about $160,000 with CNG. He stated the rates are falling as more advancements are made in CNG and as more business convert to CNG. The benefit, Cook stated, is in the expense to run the trucks. They estimate the additional expense of the cars is recovered by the third year– even with the lower rate of diesel fuel. “Those business’s (Boyd, Alpha Packaging) return on investment will not be as great as we really hoped when diesel was a $3.60 a gallon … however both companies remain in this for the long run,” Cook said. POWER MOVE Boyd Metals Transportation has actually signed a complete lease agreement for seven CNG tractors. The brand-new tractors will change Ryder rented diesel powered trucks now used by Boyd Metals. Boyd Metals Transport General Manager Michael Cooper said the business may add more CNG rides if the 7 new tractors fulfill expectations. Tom Kennon, president of Boyd Metals, stated the power equivalence of CNG-fueled tractors was also a huge draw. “It basically specified where the power is the exact same in a diesel truck. That’s really things, because you don’t wish to put a truck out on the road that doesn’t have the power,” Kennon informed The City Wire. Alpha Packaging also signed a full service lease agreement for 7 CNG trucks, and the trucks will change diesel powered rigs. Trucks for Boyd and Alpha are anticipated to be provided in August, Cook stated. According to Ryder, Alpha Packaging is building a natural gas fuel station at its Greenwood corrugated box manufacturing plant. The Fort Smith region is also served by two public CNG stations run by Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp. “Even with the current drop in diesel fuel rates, the stability of gas fuel costs, together with the ecological advantages of natural gas vehicle innovation, bring substantial value to our fleet operation,” Alpha Packaging President Mike Stec said in a statement provided by Ryder. ECOLOGICAL FACTOR TO CONSIDER Kennon also said the drop in diesel rates didn’t come close to negating the benefits of CNG. “The cost savings were incredible when diesel was at $4 a gallon, however it’s still a good deal now,” he said. “There likewise is the environmental side, which is what everyone is doing, however it likewise conserves us money.” Not only are there fuel savings with CNG, Cook said more business owners and fleet managers acknowledge the value in lower upkeep expenses, quieter rides and operating rides that are “a lot cleaner on the environment.” He likewise stated many like the idea of making use of American-made cars and domestic energy. “They are extremely partisan about the united state, and like to have trucks integrateded the U.S., and obviously, the gas is ours,” Cook stated. Cook stated Ryder plans a marketing event in August when the trucks show up for Alpha Product packaging and Boyd Metals. He said they plan an open house in Fort Smith and will invite existing and ideally future customers. Prior to the arrangements with Boyd and Alpha Product packaging, Ryder had fleet clients in Arizona, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New york city, Texas, Utah, and Quebec, Canada. Ryder has 17 gas automobile upkeep facilities, and more than 2,200 NGV trained specialists. The company runs melted to compressed natural gas (LCNG) operations in Fontana and Orange, Calif. NATIONAL CNG TRENDS Usage of CNG for truck and shipment fleets has actually grown over the last few years. UPS is using more than 600 CNG cars and has strategies to include 1,400 more. The business just recently contracted with TruStar Energy to develop 15 CNG stations in 11 states. Construction has actually started on a station in Oklahoma City and New Orleans. The Anheuser-Busch supplier in Houston has actually dealt with Ryder to transform its fleet of 66 tractors to CNG. The trucks are being usinged by Anheuser-Busch from Ryder and run by Lowell-based J.B. Hunt Transport. The deal is part of a bigger goal by St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch to reduce emissions and fuel costs in its private fleet of more than 600 rides. CNG sales in Texas during 2014 increased 78 % over 2013. Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter stated CNG automobiles “are becoming mainstream faster than expected.” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin just recently signed a law that supplies interest-free, 5-year loans to county governments that purchase CNG automobiles or convert their fleet rides to CNG use. However, sales of natural gas cars in the united state fell 6.5 % in 2014 because of the drop in gasoline and diesel fuel costs, according to NGVAmerica. Sales of sturdy CNG cars was up 30 % compared with 2013.
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