Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are among the companies celebrating Earth Day 2015 and sustainability advancements being made in the transportation sector.
The setting in Pottsville, PA, was the grand opening of a Trillium CNG fueling station, with Wegmans Food Markets; NFI, a supply chain solutions provider; and Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA), clean transportation and energy consultants.
Trillium unveiled a Class 8 public accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in the Highridge Business Park. A total of 23 Penske leased CNG alternative fuel trucks will be fueled by Penske Logistics, NFI and Wegmans at this location.
“The replacement of 23 diesel-powered tractors with CNG-powered tractors will result in a 1.25 million pound annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” Penske said. “This significant reduction in emissions is equivalent to the annual emissions of over 150 homes.”
The station, on 1.6 acres, will be open continuously and has a separate dual hose dispenser to allow two trucks to fuel simultaneously, Penske said. According to the company, in order to accommodate the natural gas truck demand, Penske modified its nearby 10,400-square-foot Highridge Business Park facility (1304 Keystone Blvd.) that opened in November 2013 so that each of its four truck maintenance bays can service natural gas vehicles.
Public funding was secured for this project, the company said.
“Today is an excellent example of how several organizations can work together and create a success story for the transportation industry to transition to alternative fuels,” said Drew Cullen, senior vice president of fuels and facilities services. “We appreciate the opportunity to take a lead role in making this day a reality.”