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The utility company will loan a heavy-duty 12-liter class 8 truck to qualified fleet operators forup to three weeks

PMG FILE PHOTO - Some companiesd are already using compressed natural gas trucks.NW Natural today has launched a Truck Loan Program where qualified fleet owners can borrow and test a heavy-duty 12-liter class 8 compressed natural gas truck for up to three weeks.

The utility company said the "try it first" program allows fleet owners to experience the similarities between natural gas trucks and diesel trucks with respect to power, drivability, fuel range, and fuel availability — and also the lower fuel costs and environmental benefits that natural gas trucks provide.

"We want to give fleet owners, who are considering transitioning their vehicles, a real-life experience. This is the perfect way for them to test trucks on the routes they drive every day with minimal risk and no investment," said Chris Kroeker, NW Natural product manager of natural gas vehicles.

NW Natural is collaborating with a truck leasing company which has extensive natural gas vehicle experience and support throughout North America. As part of the rental program, customers will participate in a pre-and-post-rental survey to provide feedback on the natural gas truck's performance, fueling availability, and purchase decision.

"Natural gas vehicles are experiencing a surge in popularity in other regions in North America and throughout the world due to their significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, near zero point source emissions, and the ability to use renewable natural gas," added Kroeker. "This trial program allows fleet managers to decide for themselves if this technology fits with their operations."

Interested truck fleet operators located within the NW Natural service territory may call Kroeker at (503) 226-4211 to take part in the program.


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