Vedder adds natural gas trucks to fleet

Station in Abbotsford will refuel vehicles

December 21, 2010
by Purchasing b2b staff

VANCOUVER: Vedder Transport Ltd has bought 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered Peterbilt trucks it will use for routes in Southern British Columbia.
The Abbotsford, BC-based company purchased the vehicles featuring fuel systems and engines from Westport Innovations of Vancouver. Westport Innovations specializes in alternative fuel, low-emissions transportation technologies.

Westport says the systems in the Peterbilt 386 trucks help reduce nitrogen oxides, particulates, and greenhouse gas emissions while keeping the torque, power and fuel efficiency of diesel engines.
Peterbilt Motors Company announced in 2008 it was offering LNG systems in its 367, 386 and 387 truck models. The factory-installed system is part of an agreement between Peterbilt and Westport Innovations to offer natural gas versions of some Peterbilt vehicles.

Vedder Transport Ltd, a division of the Vedder Transportation Group, transports bulk liquid or dry food grade products. The company offers dedicated and irregular route truckload and LTL freight services in Canada and the US.

“Adding natural gas trucks to our fleet will help us reduce transportation-related emissions, ultimately improving air quality while reducing fuel management expenses,” said Fred Zweep, president of the Vedder Transportation Group.

Terasen Gas, BC’s largest natural gas distributor, will fuel the fleet at a LNG refuelling station it plans to build in Abbotsford in 2011.

Vedder’s purchase comes months after a similar announcement from Quebec-based Robert Transport, which ordered 180 LNG-powered Peterbilt trucks last October.