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  • Saddle Creek Corp. Invests in Natural Gas Trucks

    Source: NGVA Newsletter

    On Wednesday, Saddle Creek Corp., a nationwide third-party logistics provider, announced that the company is investing in natural gas trucks for its for-hire fleet as part of the company's commitment to sustainability. The company has agreed to purchase 40 Freightliner CNG trucks and plans to add 40 more in early 2012.
    The company says that Saddle Creek's new tractors will reduce the fleet's carbon footprint by approximately 103,000 pounds per truck each year - the equivalent of planting 85,760 trees. The NGVs are also significantly quieter than their diesel counterparts. When idling, the entire fleet of 40 alternative fuel tractors will produce the same decibel level as just four diesel trucks. Saddle Creek is expected to take delivery of the natural gas trucks by the end of the year, and plans to be fully operational in early 2012. The trucks will be based at the company's headquarter campus in Lakeland, Fla., and will handle deliveries throughout the Florida peninsula and southern Georgia. To provide fuel for the trucks, Saddle Creek is building a CNG fueling station at the Lakeland campus - the first such facility constructed for a for-hire fleet in Florida. The contract to build and maintain the station has been awarded to Clean Energy. For more information, contact Saddle Creek’s Tom Collins at 863.668.4404 or

  • #2
    40 New CNG Freightliners 130 gge/550 mi Lakeland FL in service


    The above .pdf has a clear photo of the Freightliner M2 112 tractors having two Type IV Lincoln Composites cylinders (each hold approximately 25 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG) and two rail-mounted Type IV Quantum (each holds 40 DGEs.) Each of Saddle Creek’s 40 tractors has this 130-gallon fuel system, allowing for an approximate range of 550 to 575 miles per day. Fleet to expand to 120 trucks by 2013. Fast and time fill is at the corporation's $2.2M CNG station maintained by CLEAN ENERGY at 3010 Saddle Creek Rd,Lakeland, FL. $22M invested in the fueling station together with the initial 40 trucks.

    Saddle Creek Opens Natural Gas Fueling Station
    *3/2/2012*-*Author: Saddle Creek Corporation

    ...The fueling station is the first such facility for a for-hire fleet in Florida and the exclusive fuel source for Saddle Creek’s fleet. The station was built by Clean Energy, the leading company for CNG site development in the country ( Designed to fuel 120 trucks per day, it is equipped with four “fast-fill” pumps that offer the flexibility to fuel on demand as well as 20 “time-fill stations” that fill the tanks over a longer period of time.

    “Today is a significant landmark in Saddle Creek’s commitment to sustainability,” said Mike DelBovo, president, Saddle Creek Transportation. “We’re proud to make this investment in our environment and the future of transportation. The first 40 new tractors, alone, will substantially reduce our fleet’s carbon footprint by 4,200,000 lbs of carbon per year. It’s like taking 364 cars off the road each year.”

    The CNG fleet is the most recent in a series of sustainability initiatives for Saddle Creek. The company’s transportation division is a SmartWay Transportation Partner and has incorporated a number of programs designed to minimize the fleet’s environmental footprint, including adding trailer skirts to make tractors more aerodynamic, using low resistance tires, and utilizing PeopleNet software for optimal vehicle performance.

    Freightliner CNG Tractors Added to Saddle Creek’s For-Hire Fleet
    Oct 25, 2011

    The Freightliner M2 112 CNG is powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9-liter natural gas engine, one of the most economical and dependable engines on the road. Featuring a maintenance-free three-way catalyst, and no diesel particulate filter regeneration required, the ISL G also lowers overall cost of operations. *
    Each of Saddle Creek’s tractors will be specially outfitted with a 130-gallon fuel system, allowing for an approximate range of 550 to 575 miles per day, depending on the application. The tractors will be based at the company’s Lakeland headquarters and will handle deliveries throughout the Florida peninsula and southern Georgia.

    Saddle Creek’s 40 CNG Freightliners
    October 10, 2011

    The CNG-fueled Saddle Creek Freightliners will have Agility Fuel Systems cylinder installations behind the cab and frame-mounted on both sides, yielding a usable range of 560 miles. Two Type IV Lincoln Composites cylinders each hold approximately 25 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG, and each rail-mounted Type IV Quantum holds 40 DGEs. The trucks were sold through Florida’s Tampa Truck Center.

    Agility Opens Santa Ana Headquarters
    January 29, 2012

    Agility Fuel Systems, which is moving from vehicle retrofits to the supply of natural gas fuel system modules to OEM customers like Freightliner and Paccar’s Kenworth and Peterbilt, has moved into a new, 29,500-square-foot headquarters facility in Santa Ana, CA.

    Agility Fuel Systems is just one year old, as it was formed last year behind the merger of Fab AFV and Enviromech, which between them claimed some 10,000 compressed natural gas and liquefied natural has installations in service.*Fab chief Ron Eickelman became Agility president and Joe Pike of Enviromech is Agility VP.


    • #3
      15 Peterbilts converted by AGILITY enter service in Galveston

      Freight Carrier Taking CNG Peterbilts To The Road

      by NGT News on Thursday 23 February 2012

      Last week, for-hire general-freight carrier Central Freight Lines (CFL) announced that it will test 15 new Peterbilt natural-gas-powered tractors through a grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council...

      The 15 new trucks are 2013 Peterbilt 384 4X2 models equipped with 75-gallon diesel equivalent compressed natural gas (CNG) units from Agility Fuel Systems and ISL-G 320/2200 engines from Cummins Westport.


      • #4
        Re: 15 Peterbilts converted by AGILITY enter service in Galveston

        Here's the 5 min YouTube of Saddle Creek's program managers/drivers talking about their 120 CNG truck acquisition.


        • #5
          Sept 28, 2017 - Saddle Creek has been named a 2017 SmartWay High Performer by the EPA. Saddle Creek s fleet of almost 200 trucks run on CNG, one of the cleanest-burning alternative fuels. First launched in Lakeland, FL in 2012, its CNG operations have expanded to include Jacksonville, FL; Atlanta and Valdosta, GA; and Fort Worth, TX. Our eco-friendly fleet traveled more than 20 million miles in the past year.

          In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the CNG fleet was put to good use delivering hurricane relief supplies – water, bread and other supplies – across the state of Florida. The natural gas fleet has been running without concern for the diesel fuel shortage that has challenged traditional fleets.