Peterbilt hosts ANGA presentation, showcases alternative fuel vehicles
Aug 30, 2011 11:20 AM
Peterbilt Motors Company hosted America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) for an educational presentation showcasing Peterbilt’s family of alternative fuel vehicles, highlighting the lower operating costs, lower emissions benefits and the performance capabilities Peterbilt’s alternative vehicles offer. The meeting included test drives in Peterbilt’s alternative gas vehicles and a tour of the Denton manufacturing plant.
Representing more than 30 of North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies, ANGA promotes economic, environmental, and national security benefits of clean, domestic natural gas via joint activities focused on infrastructure development, vehicle production, marketing, and education for clean transportation solutions.
The ANGA members involved in the meeting test-drove Peterbilt’s Model 386 equipped with the Westport GX engine, and the Model 384 equipped with the Cummins Westport ISL-G engine. In addition, test drives were available in two diesel engine trucks, the Model 587 and Model 384, to demonstrate Peterbilt’s natural gas vehicles offer horsepower, torque, and service capabilities equal to a diesel engine truck.
“Vehicles like those Peterbilt is manufacturing are integral to helping our country use clean, abundant, domestic natural gas,” said Tom Hassenboehler, ANGA’s vice-president of policy development and legislative affairs. “Greater use of natural gas vehicles will help clean the air in communities across the country and can increase use of domestic energy sources—all while helping drive our economy forward.”
Powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), Peterbilt’s Model 367 LNG, ideal for vocational applications, and Model 386 LNG, ideal for line, bulk, and tanker hauling, are both equipped with the Westport HD GX engine and offer up to 475 horsepower and 1,750 ft-lbs of torque. The 15-liter engine uses high-pressure direct injection technology (HPDI), specialized cryogenic fuel tanks, and associated electronic components to facilitate performance and reliable operation. This technology uses a low cost, cleaner-burning fuel than diesel without compromising engine torque, power, fuel economy, or drivability, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25%.
Peterbilt Models 320, 365, and 384 are equipped with the Cummins Westport ISL G engine, and can be coupled with either compressed natural gas (CNG) or LNG fuel systems. With ratings up to 320 hp and 1,000 ft-lbs of torque, ISL G-powered trucks provide optimal performance for short-haul, regional, refuse, and dump applications.
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