Palmer CNG Training – April 22 – 24, 2014

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Mayor Ballards White Paper on Energy

Indianapolis will be the first major city in the United States to institute a formal policy to convert its entire fleet to post-oil technology by 2025. Given current technology, the time is now to begin this process. The United States’ current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially and in terms of strategic leverage. To reduce our dependence on oil, developing and diversifying viable American energy sources is required.

Indianapolis will lead the way, but we cannot change the world alone. We need a strong, dedicated coalition of cities and states, car manufacturers, non-profits, corporate partners, and domestic utilities to make this vision a reality. Continue Reading

First Used CNG Fleet Available

Indianapolis based Palmer Trucks has 38 used 2012 Kenworth T440 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tractors for sale. The tractors are one of the first CNG tractor fleets to hit the secondary market in the country. These CNG tractors mark the migration of fleets switching their fuel choice from diesel to compressed natural gas. Lower fuel costs and emissions of compressed natural gas engines are only a couple of reasons why fleets today are considering CNG for their transportation needs.

“Palmer Trucks previously leased these Kenworth T440 CNG tractors to Fair Oaks Dairy for their regional haul transportation requirements,” said Frank Walter, Palmer Trucks. “The Fair Oaks Dairy fleet is the first agriculture-based compressed natural gas project to be registered with the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard in the United States.”

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Palmer Trucks CNG Industry Leaders

Natural gas powers more than 100,000 vehicles in the United States and Palmer Trucks is proud to lead Indiana in providing heavy duty trucks in the alternative fuel markets.  Because of the collaboration of Kenworth Truck Company, Cummins Westpoint, engineers, sales professionals, technicians, and many others, Palmer Trucks has had great success in the Indiana alternative fuel market. The advantages of natural gas as an alternative fuel include its domestic availability, widespread distribution infrastructure, low cost compared with gasoline and diesel, and clean-burning qualities. It is these advantages that have lead to our company’s great success.  In fact, in December 2012, Palmer Trucks received the Compressed Natural Gas Award for Outstanding Leadership in Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance and Safety Training for Fleets by Greater Indiana Clean Cities.

One of our success stories is Fair Oak Dairy in Indiana. Fair Oak Dairy’s truck fleet, which they lease from Palmer Trucks, includes the largest natural gas fueled long–haul fleet in the United States. These natural gas trucks are successfully hauling 80,000 pounds, on average 700 miles per day, and  consuming approximately 2.5M DGE of fuel per year. This project is the first agriculture–based natural gas project to be registered with the United States EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard.

Natural Gas Basics
Natural gas powers more than 100,000 vehicles in the United States and roughly 11.2 million vehicles worldwide.1 Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are a good choice for high-mileage fleets—such as buses and taxis—that are centrally fueled or operate within a limited area. The advantages of natural gas as an alternative fuel include its domestic availability, widespread distribution infrastructure, low cost compared with gasoline and diesel, and clean-burning qualities.

What is natural gas?
Natural  gas  is  an  odorless,  nontoxic,   gaseous  mixture  of  hydrocarbons—pre-­ dominantly  methane  (CH4).  Because  it  is   a  gas,  it  must  be  stored  onboard  a  vehicle   in  either  a  compressed  gaseous  or  liquefied natural gas is  typically  stored  in  a  tank  at  a  pressure   of  3,000  to  3,600  pounds  per  square  inch.   Liquefied natural gas is cooled  and  stored  in  its  liquid  phase  at   -­260°F  in  special  insulated  tanks.  Natural   gas  is  sold  in  units  of  gasoline  or  diesel   gallon  equivalents  based  on  the  energy   content  of  a  gallon  of  gasoline  or  diesel   fuel.

CNG Calculator

Palmer Trucks Natural Gas Vehicle Resources

Clean Fuels Ohio Web siteCNG Page

Indiana Representative Randy Frye Introduced HB1324 on Monday, January 14, 2013

 

Video Walk Around T800

Fair Oaks Dairy

Fair Oaks Fleet includes the largest CNG fueled long–haul fleet in the US.  As of September 2012, the project will we generating renewable methane from 13,000 dairy cows, cleaning it, it and dispensing compressing it into forty two (42) 9L Kenworth T440’s.  These units are leased by the Palmer Leasing Group, PacLease, and are maintained by Palmer technicians. These CNG trucks are successfully hauling with an 80,000 pound GVWR, on average 700 miles per day ,and  consuming approximately 2.5M DGE of fuel per year.

This project is the first agriculture–‐based CNG projects to be registered with the US EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard.

Links to the project:
Fair Oaks Farms leases 42 CNG-powered Kenworth T440s from PacLease

Ruan & Fair Oaks Farms Partner In Country’s Largest Renewable CNG Project

Alternative Fuel Data Center – US DOE

 

Monarch Beverage

Monarch Beverage, Indiana’s largest beer and wine distributor has numerous CNG Class 8 vehicles for their over the road division.

Monarch Beverage commits to major CNG fleet conversion

Built for the long haul 

CNG Trucks

 

State of Indiana

Indiana Department of Transportation has 19 CNG trucks that feature the Kenworth T470 Plow Trucks With a Cummins ISL 320L and an Automatic Allison 3000RDS.

INDOT Overview

19 Kenworths of INDOT
Clean Cities CNG Award