NW Natural, a natural gas service provider in Oregon and Washington, has launched a new program for fleets interested in trying out natural gas trucks.
Under the “try it first” program, qualified fleet owners can test heavy-duty compressed natural gas truck technology by driving a 12-liter natural gas Class 8 truck for up to three weeks.
“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,” says Chris Kroeker, NW Natural’s product manager of natural gas vehicles.
NW Natural is collaborating with a truck leasing company for the program. Customers will participate in a pre- and post-rental survey.
“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,” adds Kroeker. “This trial program allows fleet managers to decide for themselves if this technology fits with their operations.”