The adoption rate for natural gas trucks is increasing rapidly, according to Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of Travel Centers of America.
Speaking at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Washington, D.C., O'Brien reported that a recent survey found that 61 percent of fleet managers already have natural gas vehicles in their fleets. Another 11 percent plan to add natural gas trucks, he said.
During a keynote address highlighting TA’s agreement with Shell to build a nationwide network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, O'Brien said, "This is the real deal." The plan, which will be under way in 2014, calls for the construction of at least two LNG fueling lanes and a storage facility at up to 100 existing TA and Petro locations. O’Brien reported that the first 10 locations will be in California, Nevada, and Texas. The company plans to provide service for LNG trucks as well.
Representatives from the equipment manufacturers said at a separate roundtable at the conference that between 3 percent and 5 percent of new heavy-duty truck purchases this year will be powered with natural gas.
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