11-15-13 Evaluation of Winter Performance of CNG Refuse Trucks (EN).pdf
OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Natural gas trucks perform well and can
get the job done even in some of Canada's harshest cold weather
conditions says a report released in Ottawa today. The report, Evaluation of the Winter Performance of Compressed Natural Gas Refuse
Trucks, documents the cold weather operation of a fleet of 18 compressed natural
gas (CNG) refuse trucks owned by Berthierville, Quebec-based company
Funded by Transport Canada's ecoTechnology for Vehicles program, the report documents the real world experience of one of
Canada's first heavy natural gas vehicle fleets. With new heavy vehicle
emission standards now in place, demonstrating the suitability of
advanced vehicle technologies for use in Canada is a priority of the
Transport Canada program.
The fleet of 18 Peterbilt trucks with Cummins Westport 8.9 litre engines
have been operating over two years at winter temperatures as low as -16
degrees Celsius. The main report finding is that factory-built CNG
trucks operate well with no issues in cold weather provided normal
winter aids are used and the vehicle design is suitable for cold
weather. EBI has since gone on to purchase another 32 CNG trucks given
their satisfactory performance, fuel savings, and emissions benefits.
The report also highlights early learnings from a fleet of 58 CNG refuse
trucks operating in Winnipeg, Manitoba by Emterra Environmental.
According to EBI's President, Pierre Sylvestre, "Natural gas is a great
option that offers fuel savings from day one. We're proud of our
natural gas fleet. We're also investing in a network of public stations
to bring CNG to the broader Québec market."
"Heavy diesel vehicles are one of Canada's fastest growing sources of
greenhouse gas emissions and natural gas trucks offer a sensible and
affordable way to reduce emissions," says Alicia Milner, President of
the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA). "More private sector
investments like EBI's should be encouraged as they accelerate the
transition to lower emission vehicle use in Canada."
The CNGVA is Canada's national trade association advocating for greater
use of natural gas as a primary transportation fuel for the benefit of
Canada's economy and environment. The CNGVA leads the natural gas
vehicle industry's participation in the Go With Natural Gas initiative focused on encouraging greater use of factory-built natural
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SOURCE: Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
For further information:
please visit www.cngva.org or contact:
Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA)
Tel: (613) 564-0181