Vancouver, British Columbia – Vedder Transport of Abbotsford, British Columbia has ordered 50 Peterbilt 386 trucks featuring a liquefied natural gas (LNG) system from Vancouver’s Westport Innovations. Vedder specializes in shipping bulk food grade products throughout Canada and into the United States.

The new trucks will be used on routes within southern British Columbia and will be fuelled through a planned LNG refuelling station in Abbotsford that is expected to be built by Terasen Gas in 2011. Terasen will offset the incremental cost of using LNG-powered trucks over diesel trucks through its Energy Efficiency and Conservation program.

“This is a significant order for LNG trucks in Western Canada,” said Clark Quintin, president of Westport’s HD division. “It further demonstrates that natural gas is rapidly becoming a mainstream fuel solution for the trucking industry in Canada.”

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