YRC Freight has completed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to buy four liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to operate in Southern California.
The trucks will serve the Port of Long Beach and other surrounding areas. The pilot project will leverage the Clean Energy fueling infrastructure in Southern California. The LNG trucks will be operated by long-tenured YRC Freight drivers, and results of the pilot will be analyzed by the company's maintenance, fuel and operations teams.
"We are eager to test natural gas trucks in the Southern California area to see how they perform in our network," said Jeff Rogers, YRC Freight president. "The LNG project will build on our sustainability initiatives, including our network optimization, which is engineered to provide the highest-quality customer service in the most-efficient manner possible. My thanks to the Clean Energy team for bringing their industry expertise to the table and helping to make this happen."
"We are very excited to partner with a leader like YRC Freight on their LNG truck pilot project," said James N. Harger, Clean Energy chief marketing officer. "Through the benefits to their bottom line and to the cleaner air for future generations, we're confident that YRC Freight will become the latest enthusiast for natural gas as the fuel of choice."
YRC Freight has also been conducting a pilot project with diesel electric hybrids in the Northeast. The company takes many actions, such as speed-limit restrictions, idling limits and the use of biodiesel, to reduce emissions. YRC Freight is a proud participant and charter partner of the EPA's exemplary SmartWay voluntary emissions reduction program and is a past winner of its Environmental Excellence Award.