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Nation's First CNG Drayage Trucks to be Demonstrated at California Ports
February 28, 2008 - Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) and California Cartage Company (Cal-Cartage) recently announced plans to demonstrate the nations' first CNG drayage trucks at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. These heavy-duty trucks are the first of their kind for use in commercial port drayage service. Manufactured by Autocar and powered by Cummins Westport ISLG engines, the trucks are certified to meet stringent US EPA 2010 on-road emissions standards. Five of these heavy-duty clean-burning CNG trucks will be delivered in June 2008 and used to move containers to nearby freight-consolidation yards. The demonstration project is expected to last 12 – 18 months and Cal-Cartage, the largest trucking company operating at the two ports, will operate the trucks. SoCal Gas hopes to later switch the fuel to a CNG/Hydrogen blend to further decrease emissions. The project partners expect to show that CNG-fueled drayage trucks have an important role in clean port operations, since approximately two-thirds of the 17 million containers coming into the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are moved by truck within 25 miles of the docks. For further project details, please click here.

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