Blu. and PacLease Truck Program Highlighted
From Richard Piellisch FleetsAndFuels.com
Bidding to tempt fleet managers wary of the up-front costs associated with LNG trucking, Paccar’s PacLease and Kenworth Sales units, and Utah’s Blu. LNG, are offering LNG-fueled Kenworth T800 trucks for rent along the Interstate 84 and I-15 corridors from Las Vegas through Utah, Idaho and eastern Oregon.
Blu. LNG, now affiliated with China’s ENN, is busily establishing a network of LNG fueling stations to support the Class 8 vehicles. The network will eventually spread nationwide.
“This rental program has the potential to really open up the market for buying and leasing natural gas-powered trucks,” said PacLease sales director Olen Hunter.
The program will offer Kenworth 800 trucks – all with the Westport HD 15-liter engine and associated 120-gallon LNG fuel system from Westport Innovations – in four different configurations.
Idaho’s Blu. LNG fueling stations are in Boise, Idaho Falls and Jerome. In Utah, there are three in Salt Lake City, one in Beaver, one in Myton and one in Washington.
The trucks will be available starting July 15 at the Kenworth Sales dealership in Salt Lake City and the PacLease franchise location in West Valley City, Utah. They will be available for month-to-month- rental terms on a first-come, first-served basis, the company said this week: “With 48 hours notice, the trucks can also be moved to select Kenworth Sales Company-PacLease locations throughout the four western states where Blu. has recently completed construction of LNG fueling stations.”
“For companies involved in regional food and beverage distribution, oil and gas exploration, hauling raw products for the agricultural industry, or finished products for food processors, this will be an opportunity to test natural gas-powered trucks in their specific operations and duty cycles,” said PacLease sales chief Hunter.
The program with Blu. “offers fleets the opportunity to make sure the fueling infrastructure has been established to meet their needs and routes,” he said. “Additionally, they can determine if the price difference between LNG and diesel fuels offers them enough savings to consider more wide-spread adoption of natural gas-powered trucks into their fleet operations.”