Cold Star Freight invested in 10 Class 8 MACK trucks for their Vancouver Island fleet. Fortis BC and Cold Star partnered to build a card-lock, fast fill refuelling station, three blocks from the Cold Star operation in Langford. This kind of station can be built for any commercial operation.
The new CNG vehicles easily meet performance requirements, with payloads up to 36,287 kg (80,000 lb) of Gross Vehicle Weight, and a range of 600 km (372 miles) per fuel load.
The transition from diesel to CNG was seamless due to excellent technical support plus driver and management training from MACK tractor and Cummins Westport, who designs and manufactures CNG engines. The CNG rigs displaced 380,000 litres (100,388 U.S. gallons) of diesel in the first year and saved 30 per cent on fuel costs.
With these results, Cold Star is adding more CNG tractors to their fleet. In fact, Cold Star is committed to converting as much of their fleet as possible in the future.