Eight Kenworth T800 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks, operated by Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), have become the first alternative fuel vehicles to operate in full-time drayage service at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach under the Clean Trucks Program, Kenworth said.
“We all have a responsibility to protect our environment,” said Vic La Rosa, president of TTSI. “I’m delighted that TTSI took a lead role to put our new Kenworth T800 LNG trucks into service to help reduce emissions and provide cleaner air at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and in the region.”
The T800, equipped with an LNG fuel system developed by Westport Innovations, Inc. and installed on a Cummins ISX 15-liter engine, features Westport’s High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) technology, which uses 5% diesel and 95% natural gas to power the drivetrain. According to Westport, TTSI will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and NOx 75% compared to the diesel vehicles being replaced.
According to La Rosa, TTSI expects to save 25% on fuel costs using LNG. The company plans to take delivery of 30 additional trucks this summer, eventually replacing half of its 300-truck fleet with alternative fuel vehicles, he said.