February 1, 2013
J.J. Taylor Companies has ordered 43 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors, and plans to completely replace its Tampa-based fleet of 95 diesel tractors with the cleaner burning CNG units over the next three years.
The tractors will arrive in Tampa and be placed in-service this month. In order to support the greener trucks, the company launched a private CNG fueling station. Plans for a second station and conversion of the company’s 75 tractor fleet in Fort Myers, Fla. are underway.
“Companies that make the commitment to this fuel will have more money to hire new employees and invest in their businesses,” says Florida State Senator Wilton Simpson who is sponsoring a proposal in the legislature to boost the use of CNG in the state . “In addition to being the right thing for the environment, this is the right move for Florida‘s economy.”
The conversion to a CNG fleet is another step in J.J. Taylor’s ongoing green initiative. The company has already implemented the recycling of carton and paper products, and replaced its warehouse lights to more efficient fluorescent lighting.
The Freightliner tractors were acquired through Tampa Truck Center and are powered by aCummins-Westport 8.9L ISL-G engine and an Allison 3000Hs transmission.
The CNG fueling station is being built by Vocational Energy, LLC out of Fontana, CA. The vehicles will be used in daily delivery operations in the company’s territory covering Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
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