Estes Partners with Clean Energy to Expand Natural Gas Vehicle Fleet
NEWPORT BEACH, CA—Estes is partnering with Clean Energy to acquire 50 new trucks, fueled with Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) for its California fleet.
The trucks were purchased through Clean Energy’s Zero Now program, which brings the price of a natural gas truck at parity with a diesel truck, and will provide Estes with fuel discounts over the course of its seven-year contract. This purchase represents a geographic expansion of Estes’ current 21 ultra clean truck fleet, also fueled by Redeem and currently operating out of Texas.
Clean Energy’s Redeem was the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel, and is derived from biogenic methane, produced by organic waste from dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. Redeem reduces climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70%, and even up to 300% in some cases.
“Switching to trucks fueled with ultra-low carbon fuel is vital to improving air quality and fighting climate change in the regions that we serve,” said Estes Chief Executive Officer and President, Rob Estes. “Clean Energy’s Zero Now program has enabled us to switch to cleaner fuel and engine technologies that make financial sense, so it’s a win on several levels.”
The newly acquired Class 8 natural gas trucks are equipped with Cummins Westport ultra-clean ISX12N engines, and are expected to use an approximate 2.8 million gallons of RNG over the next seven years.
About Estes Express Lines
Estes is the largest, privately-owned freight carrier in North America. As an asset-based transportation and custom-logistics solutions provider, Estes delivers responsive freight solutions across a vast regional, national, international, and global footprint. The Richmond, VA-based, fourth-generation company has nearly 90 years of freight shipping expertise and has worked through the decades to build a robust transportation network, a reputation for financial stability, and an award-winning safety record. Estes offers comprehensive freight shipping solutions, including Less Than Truckload (LTL), Volume LTL, Truckload, Time Critical, and Final Mile.
About Clean Energy
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is North America’s leading provider of the cleanest fuel for the transportation market. Through its sales of Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG), which is derived from capturing biogenic methane produced from decomposing organic waste, Clean Energy allows thousands of vehicle fleets, from airport shuttles to city buses to waste and heavy-duty trucks, to reduce their amount of climate-harming greenhouse gas by at least 70% and even up to 300% depending on the source of the RNG. Clean Energy can deliver Redeem through compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) to its network of approximately 540 fueling stations across the U.S. and Canada. Clean Energy builds and operates CNG and LNG fueling stations for the transportation market, owns natural gas liquefication facilities in California and Texas, and transports bulk CNG and LNG to non-transportation customers around the U.S. For more information, visit www.CleanEnergyFuels.com.