July 4, 2013
Kenworth Sales Company in May announced a partnership with Blu LNG and PacLease, offering the rental of trucks fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fleets operating along the I-84 and I-15 corridors from Las Vegas, Nev., through Utah, Idaho, and eastern Oregon.
The trucks will be available July 15 at Kenworth Sales Company’s Salt Lake City dealership and PacLease franchise location in West Valley City, Utah.
Kenworth says they will be available for month-to-month rental terms on a first-come, first-served basis, and with 48 hours notice, the trucks can also be moved to select Kenworth Sales Company-PacLease locations throughout the four western states where Blu has recently completed construction of LNG fueling stations.
The three Idaho locations are in Boise, Idaho Falls and Jerome. In Utah, there are three in Salt Lake City, and one in Salina and one in Washington. There are also locations in Las Vegas, Nev., and Pendleton, Ore.
The first trucks to come off the assembly line are tandem axle day cab units specified for local and regional-haul operations with 80,000 GVW ratings.
Trucks spec’d for sleeper and heavy-haul operations follow later in July.
All truck configurations will feature the Kenworth T800 equipped with one 120-gallon LNG fuel tank, a 15-liter Westport high-pressure direct injection (HPDI) engine and manual transmission in various specifications.
The local-delivery configuration will feature a day cab, single drive axle and a weight rating of 65,000 GVW.
The regional-haul configuration will feature a day cab, tandem drive axle and a weight rating of 80,000 GVW.
The line-haul configuration will feature a 38-inch sleeper, tandem or tridem drive axles and a weight rating of 80,000 GVW.
The heavy-haul configuration will feature day cab or 38-inch sleeper, heavy-duty tridem drive axles and maximum weight ratings that meet local state weight laws.