The trucking industry continues their work in making the switch to liquid natural gas (LNG) from petroleum. Cummins, a leading engine manufacturer, began shipping big, new engines that will make long runs on LNG possible. This is a great step forward for the trucking industry. LNG is cheaper and saves truckers as much as $0.40 USD per litre vs. petroleum. Natural gas is also a clean-burning fuel, which lessens its impact on our environment, as well as making it easier for trucks to meet emissions standards. As consumers, we should take note because this switch could mean a lot for our wallets and our air.
While much of what we just mentioned is happening quickly in the USA, LNG trucking is gaining traction internationally, especially in Europe and here in Canada. Roe C. East, general manager of the natural gas business at Cummins, expects natural gas to capture as much as 10 per cent of the heavy-duty truck market in North America in the next five years. Procter & Gamble, a company who are very mindful of fuel costs and green credentials, are turning to companies with LNG trucks in their fleet. Even brand-name manufacturers like Nike and Walmart are pressing for their goods to be shipped using natural gas vehicles, leading companies like UPS, FedEx and Ryder Systems to explore the LNG option. As one example, UPS plans to announce that they will be expanding their natural gas fleet of heavy 18-wheel vehicles to 800, up from 112, by 2014.
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