Canada: Report Says Natural Gas Trucks Perform Well in Cold Weather

Natural gas trucks perform well and can get the job done even in some of Canada’s harshest cold weather conditions says a report released in Ottawa earlier this month. The report, Evaluation of the Winter Performance of Compressed Natural Gas Refuse Trucks, documents the cold weather operation of a fleet of 18 compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks owned by Berthierville, Quebec-based company EBI.

Funded by Transport Canada’s ecoTechnology for Vehicles program, the report documents the real world experience of one of Canada’s first heavy natural gas vehicle fleets. With new heavy vehicle emission standards now in place, demonstrating the suitability of advanced vehicle technologies for use in Canada is a priority of the Transport Canada program.

The fleet of 18 Peterbilt trucks with Cummins Westport 8.9 litre engines have been operating over two years at winter temperatures as low as -16 degrees Celsius. The main report finding is that factory-built CNG trucks operate well with no issues in cold weather provided normal winter aids are used and the vehicle design is suitable for cold weather. EBI has since gone on to purchase another 32 CNG trucks given their satisfactory performance, fuel savings, and emissions benefits.

The report also highlights early learnings from a fleet of 58 CNG refuse trucks operating in Winnipeg, Manitoba by Emterra Environmental.

According to EBI’s President, Pierre Sylvestre, “Natural gas is a great option that offers fuel savings from day one. We’re proud of our natural gas fleet. We’re also investing in a network of public stations to bring CNG to the broader Québec market.”

“Heavy diesel vehicles are one of Canada’s fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions and natural gas trucks offer a sensible and affordable way to reduce emissions,” says Alicia Milner, President of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA). “More private sector investments like EBI’s should be encouraged as they accelerate the transition to lower emission vehicle use in Canada.”

LNG World News Staff, November 22, 2013

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