AMP Americas, a Chicago-based integrated natural gas company that builds and owns CNG fueling stations for long-haul truck fleets, has put the first of 42 new Kenworth T660 tractors with 12L natural gas engines in operation.
The 42 new CNG trucks have the ability to travel over 600 mi. between fuelings and will hold a 136-diesel gal. equivalent of CNG. The engine is an 11.9L Cummins Westport powerplant. Each tractor will be outfitted with Agility back of cab CNG tank systems and Trilogy Engineered Systems side-rail assembly CNG tank systems.
“Over the past year and a half, our 9-Liter CNG fleet has successfully run over 8.9 million miles on a dairy route between Fair Oaks Farms, Indiana, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, displacing more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel,” said Nathan Laurell, CEO of AMP Americas. “We will go over the 10 million mile mark this year. Our trucks will now be stronger and get even better mileage on the road. The savings on fuel costs and the reduction of emissions will continue to be incredibly substantial.”
AMP Americas owns and operates two CNG fueling stations in Indiana. In partnership with Trillium CNG, a business unit of Integrys Energy Group, the company plans to build a nationwide network of CNG stations over the next few years. AMP Americas also co-owns a CNG plant that produces renewable natural gas from cow manure through a process called anaerobic digestion.
The company also offers a new finance model that provides companies with leasing support for CNG vehicles that fuel at AMP-owned stations. The model also includes garage and maintenance packages.