Monday, September 30, 2013

News Bytes from J&J OEM Partners

In this issue, many OEM stories deal with alternate fuel options - hot topic!

Caterpillar Global Petroleum and Cabot Oil & Gas announced the first use of natural gas to power equipment for hydraulic fracturing in northeastern Pennsylvania. The companies are using Marcellus Shale natural gas to fracture wells via innovative fuel technology. This marks the first time "field" gas has been used in northeastern Pennsylvania for this purpose. The process of using clean-burning natural gas can displace up to 70% of the diesel fuel traditionally used to operate fracturing equipment.

Freightliner Trucks announced that it began full production on its Freightliner Cascadia (R) 113-inch BBC day cab with natural gas technology. Equipped with the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine as a factory-installed option, the Cascadia 113 natural gas day cab is ideal for regional haul, vocation and refuse applications. The engine operates exclusively on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) and features ratings of up to 400hp and 1,450lb-ft torque and an optional engine brake.

Hino Trucks announces a new preventive service care program for their 195 diesel model trucks called HinoCare. The two-year or 60,000 mile maintenance program is available on all 2013MY and 2014MY 195 and 195 double cab trucks delivered between July 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 and is free of charge to the customer. While Hino is renowned for its exceptional quality, durability and reliability, peace of mind is also part of Hino's customer focus and service heritage.

Kenworth Truck Company showcased four natural gas trucks in its booth during the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo that took place last June in Washington, DC. ACT Expo is North America's leading alternative fuel and clean vehicle technologies show, according to show organizers. "We're seeing a growing interest in Kenworth's industry-leading, natural gas trucks among fleet and truck operators throughout the United States and Canada," said Alan Fennimore, Kenworth vocational marketing manager.

Mack Trucks will begin production of dimethyl ether (DME)-powered MACK (R) Pinnacle TM Axle Back models in 2015. DME, a non-toxic, clean-burning alternative fuel, offers many environmental and societal benefits, including that it can be made from multiple sustainable feedstocks. One of the most significant advantages of the fuel is that it produces no soot, eliminating the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF). DME can provide up to a 95 percent CO2 reduction compared with diesel when produced from biomass or biogas. Furthermore, DME can be made from North America's plentiful domestic natural gas supply and other sustainable sources.

Navistar, Inc. announced the launch of its heavy-duty International (R) WorkStar (R) vocational trucks powered by the company's 13-liter engine with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions technology. The WorkStar is the fourth heavy-duty International (R) truck model to transition to SCR technology since December 2012. "With the launch of the WorkStar with our 13-liter SCR engine, we continue to make great progress in our engine transition strategy and customers are benefiting from our expanded product line-up," said Bill Kozek, president North America Truck and Parts, Navistar.

Peterbilt Motors Company named Rush Peterbilt Truck Center (Nashville) the 2012 Medium Duty Dealer of the Year by Peterbilt Motors Company during the company's annual Dealer Meeting. "Rush Peterbilt Truck Center - Nashville led the sale and support of the full lineup of Peterbilt medium-duty vehicles with record-breaking results," said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General manager and PACCAR Vice President. "They embraced the versatility and superior performance of our medium-duty trucks and tractors by focusing on a wide range of market segments and customers."

Volvo Trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and dimethyl ether (DME) were displayed at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, north America's largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology conference. The vehicles highlight Volvo Trucks' leadership in alternative fuel and driveline development. The CNG- and DME-powered Volvo VNL models at the show are just two offerings in Volvo's robust alternative fuel lineup. Volvo announced June 6 that it would commercialize DME-powered vehicles in 2015 as part of its comprehensive "Blue Power" alternative fuels strategy for north America.

Daimler Trucks North America has recognized 44 North American manufacturers from the USA, Canada, and Mexico as recipients of its highest award for its suppliers: the 2012 Masters of Quality Supplier Award. The selected suppliers provide top quality components for Freightliner and Western Star truck brands. The annual program, now in its 26th year, recognizes suppliers that meet or exceed the company's stringent quality standards by receiving high scores on their delivery, technology, and cost performance as measured on a Balanced Scorecard.

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