Raven LNG Truck by Michael G. Malloy/Transport Topics
DALLAS — Several trucking executives gave their reasons for changing some of their fleet operations to either compressed or liquefied natural gas, and said they were backers of the alternative fuels for reasons ranging from economic to sustainability.
The executives spoke in a panel discussion as part of a May 6 session on goods movement in longhaul trucking at the ACT Expo here.
Stephen Silverman, chief operating officer for Jacksonville, Florida-based Raven Transport, said he has rolled in 181 LNG-fueled trucks and is aiming to convert the company's entire 500-truck fleet to LNG by the end of 2017.
Raven’s trucks have an almost 1,100-mile range, and the carrier went to LNG because “we can’t get mileage out of CNG unless we put extra tanks on the equipment,” which adds about 2,200 pounds to a truck’s payload, Silverman said.