Estes Express Lines adds 50 RNG trucks to its fleet

Estes Express Lines, a major US freight carrier, has ordered a further 50 natural gas-powered trucks from Hexagon Agility.

The trucks use Hexagon’s 175 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) ProCab CNG/RNG fuel systems. Estes’s new trucks will be equipped with Cummins-Westport near-zero-emissions natural gas engines and Hexagon’s integrated Blue iQ system.

Estes has also signed a fuel supply agreement to fuel its trucks with RNG made from organic waste. The RNG is pipeline quality and fully interchangeable with CNG. When sourced from farm waste, it can produce a negative carbon footprint.

Estes, established in 1931, currently ranks among the nation’s top national less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers with more than 20,000 employees and a fleet of over 8,000 tractors and 30,000 trailers.

The 50 new trucks will be delivered this spring and used in Estes’s California fleet. The company currently has 21 CNG/RNG trucks operating throughout Texas.

“At Estes, we believe we have the responsibility to provide top-of-the-line transportation solutions while remaining good stewards of the Earth,” said Michael Palmer, Estes’s vice-president of fleet services.

“RNG is enabling us to drive towards carbon-negative performance while reducing costs in our LTL operations. With Hexagon’s extensive expertise, we are fortunate to have them as our partner to help meet our sustainability goals.”

Eric Bippus, Hexagon’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing, added: “RNG is the lowest-emission fuel for truck fleets available today. Because it is reliable, lower cost than diesel, and widely available, RNG is an excellent fuel choice for contract logistics fleets.”

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