Refuse industry leading natural gas vehicle adoption

SD Staff

December 4, 2017

The North American refuse industry is adding natural gas-powered trucks in significant volume, which is strengthening the overall heavy-duty natural gas marketplace, Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research and Rhein Associates announce in its recent N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook.

The N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook is designed to present historical trends, current activity and forecasts of engine demand in on-highway commercial vehicles. ACT Research and Rhein Associates say the report analyzes significant trends in engine displacement, engine type (diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and other), captive versus non-captive engines, and premium versus non-premium power for Class 8 vehicles.

As referenced above, the refuse industry leads in converting vehicles to natural gas. Key players in the refuse market are intent on furthering a progressive, green image, ACT Research and Rhein Associates say.

“They have established natural gas fueling stations, allowing for cost-effective overnight refueling and making refueling available to other natural gas users,” says Tom Rhein, president of Rhein Associates. “They are also strongly focused on using renewable natural gas (RNG) to further reduce vehicle emissions by using landfill gas, a significant fuel savings.”

Additionally, this week’s report says interest for electric vehicles continues to grow, with medium-duty applications first to enter service. Workhorse has a commercial chassis for walk-in type vans, with firm orders being built in 2017 for package delivery companies, the report states.

“At the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group announced plans to develop an electric-powered, medium duty vehicle for launch in US and Canada in 2019, using VW Group’s chargE concept,” says Rhein. “In November, Navistar announced an electric powertrain using the chargE concept for its IC school bus, also available in 2019.”

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