Natural gas powered trucks added to Scranton fleet

Seven new Volvo VNL day cab tractors powered by natural gas this week joined the fleet of Kane Is Able.

The trucks were unveiled during a ceremony Monday at its headquarters in Scranton, Penn.

Manufactured by Volvo Trucks in Dublin, Va., the trucks feature 12-liter Cummins-Westport ISX12 G engines. In a statement on its webiste, Kane said, the Volvo VNL day cabs can travel approximately 425 miles between refueling stops.

Kane is also adding 100 new trailers manufactured by Great Dane North America in Danville, Penn. The trailers feature the Kane logo and its new tag line, “Dependable People. Exceptional Logistics.” The first 18 trailers were delivered in early August, with the remainder arriving in early September.

Kane is located in east central Pennsylvania where there has been a boom in natural gas exploration.

“Due to its abundant supply, domestically produced natural gas is less expensive and cleaner burning than other fossil fuels,” the company said on its website. “The CNG-powered vehicles will produce up to 20 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and significantly less smog-producing pollutants than their petroleum-fueled counterparts. Advances in vehicle technology now make it feasible to use CNG-powered commercial trucks for long hauls and in the mountainous terrain of the northeastern and western states.

In Other Natural Gas News 

Kenworth announced this week it is adding a natural gas option for the Kenworth T880, the company’s flagship vocational truck.

The Kenworth T880 day cab and 52-inch mid-roof sleeper configurations now can be specified with the factory-installed Cummins Westport ISX12 G 400-hp natural gas engine with 1,450 lb-ft of torque. The ISX12 G is available with manual, automatic and Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission options.

The engine can run on either compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas fuel systems.