The logistics company has recently unveiled in Green Bay, Wis. the first full-production Kenworth T680 equipped with a natural gas engine, a 400-hp Cummins Westport ISX12 G. “We continue our move toward a more environmentally conscious fleet operation by replacing our diesel-fueled trucks with Kenworth’s most aerodynamic model powered by compressed natural gas,” said Jeff Shefchik, president of Paper Transport.
Several years ago Paper Transport adopted natural gas as part of its business strategy to replace 25 percent of the diesel-powered units in its truck fleet with trucks running on CNG. Shefchik said his company has since reached that goal due in part to the 20 Kenworth T660s powered by CNG-fueled Cummins Westport ISX12 G engines Kenworth delivered through local dealer Wisconsin Kenworth last year.
Besides being the first fleet to take delivery of a Kenworth T680 with a 400-hp Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine, the company wants to become the first among fleets that have already adopted natural gas, to take full advantage of additional fuel economy savings the Kenworth T680’s aerodynamics offers. “We can get savings not only from the T680’s improved features, but also from how the natural gas tanks are off the frame rails and are now placed at the back of the cab,” added Shefchik.
Paper Transport has equipped its Kenworth T680 with 76-inch sleeper with Agility Fuel System’s new 155-gallon diesel gallon equivalent behind-the-cab compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system. The Agility system utilizes four 26-inch by 80-inch Hexagon-Lincoln Type 4 cylinders, weighs only 2,550 pounds and requires only 31.25 inches of frame rail space. It can deliver a range of about 600 miles before refueling, which offers the industry’s best DGE per inch of frame rail.