By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– They’re lean, mean, environmentally friendly machines—and not to forget, good for business too. Natural gas powered 18-wheeler trucks will soon be hitting on-ramps across the Southland, and trucking industry giant C.R. England, Inc. is leading the way.
“C.R. England is a strong advocate of sustainable transportation and is aggressively implementing and testing new technology, equipment and training to provide our customers and our environment with greener transportation,” Zach England said, Chief Operating Officer of C.R. England, Inc.
In addition to their newly opened truck terminal in Colton, C.R. England added 10 new Mack Pinnacle 12-liter liquid nitrogen gas (LNG) tractors to their Southern California fleets this year.
“We have made the commitment to continually test this equipment and introduce them into strategic areas where the freight and fueling networks fit best,” England said.
One of those strategic areas is the City of Colton, where C.R. England’s new truck terminal recently opened. Located at 2250 South Riverside Ave., the 34-acre site is the second largest facility in the nation that the company owns.
Colton is the perfect home for an LNG truck fleet. No other place of business provides the fueling support network California has. The Golden State is home to 14 public LNG fueling stations, the most of any other state in the U.S.
“We are optimistic about the future of LNG and are hopeful to grow the fleet significantly. We have seen some of the many benefits of natural gas and hope to continue to expand our presence this year and into the future.”
According to C.R. England, LNG trucks offer a variety of benefits over their diesel-fueled counterparts.
One advantage is energy security. Natural gas reserves are abundant in the U.S., meaning that LNG fuel can be domestically produced at a lower cost compared to foreign oil. This is a major benefit compared to diesel trucks that hold hundreds of gallons of high-priced fuel and only average 5 to 6 miles per gallon.
LNG trucks are cleaner too. Compared to the average air emissions from coal-fired generation, natural gas produces half as much carbon dioxide and less than a third as much nitrogen oxides according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
For C.R. England, the choice to expand their eco-friendly fleet was simple.
“Our customers are demanding greener transportation modes and these types of offerings help us meet their needs,” England said, “We had a unique opportunity with this introduction to find a situation that was a fit from a customer, freight, fueling and equipment standpoint.”
This isn’t C.R. England’s first venture in alternative fueled trucks. The company first introduced LNG trucks on a smaller scale nearly three years ago. Improvements in natural gas technology have allowed the company to steadily grow their already impressive LNG fleet.
“As an industry leader, we are driven to continually find ways to decrease our carbon footprint,” said England.
Supervisor Josie Gonzales recently took a tour of the Colton facility to get a glimpse of the company’s newest addition.
“C.R. England is a company on the cutting edge. The England family is taking a firm lead in the LNG trucking industry while meeting the needs of their customers and helping protect the environment,” Gonzales said. “As a South Coast Air Quality Management District board member, we are grateful to have C.R. England as a helping hand in cleaning the air that we breathe.”
The C.R. England Colton truck terminal is located at 2250 South Riverside Ave. To schedule a visit or tour of the facility, call Melvin Maclin at (951) 231-1155.
Think about it: In 2003, natural gas reserves in the United States were estimated to be 1,338 trillion cubic feet, and U.S. gas production was 18.6 trillion cubic feet.