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.” – Read More
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.
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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.
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Fair Oaks Farms leases 42 CNG-powered Kenworth T440s from PacLease