Mack Trucks has joined Shell Oil in a collaborative effort that actively supports the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for commercial vehicles. As part of this joint effort, Mack Trucks North America hopes to address the issues of emissions and fuel specifications, as well as share knowledge with other interested parties.
Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks, said the agreement with Shell is not exclusive, adding the company also looks forward to working with other fuel providers and partners in an effort to increase the use of LNG as a fuel for heavy-duty trucks.
The company has used natural gas-powered vehicles in its customer service department for more than four years, and hopes to work with Shell and other partners in supporting the burgeoning natural gas truck market in North America, according to Flaherty.
Mack has long been a leader in alternative driveline solutions, and began offering a natural gas-powered Mack TerraPro refuse vehicle when it became clear that natural gas was a viable heavy-duty truck fuel for closed-loop applications. The truck manufacturer also recently delivered its first natural gas-powered Mack Pinnacle model, offering an LNG solution for on-highway applications.
Mack is scheduled to launch a natural gas-powered Mack Granite vehicle for the construction segment in 2013. Both the Pinnacle and Granite trucks will be equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12G spark-ignited engine, which can run on LNG as well as compressed natural gas (CNG).
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