Vancouver, British Columbia – B.C.-based Westport Innovations Inc. has announced it has received an initial order for 50 Kenworth LNG T800 Class 8 trucks, representing a value of approximately US$4 million for Westport’s LNG (liquefied natural gas) heavy-duty engines and fuel systems. The trucks were ordered by Southern Counties Express Inc. (SCE) and will be used at California’s Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which are phasing out older trucks in favour of new, lower-emissions vehicles.
The trucks are being purchased with financial support from the San Pedro Bay Ports’ Clean Trucks Program, an initiative led by the two ports and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
“With funding beginning to flow for the San Pedro Bay Ports’ Clean Trucks Program, SCE has stepped forward to be the first significant fleet adopter and can now realize the benefits of clean, cost-effective LNG trucks powered by Westport’s high-efficiency, low-emission technology,” said Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of Westport. “LNG fuel for heavy-duty trucks offers cleaner operation with a domestically-available fuel.”
The LNG trucks were assembled at Inland Kenworth in California and are expected to commence container movement service at the two ports over the next few weeks. Nine other Port trucking firms have also committed to the new LNG trucks in the initial port deployment and Westport expects to conclude purchase agreements with these fleets shortly.