Matheson Trucking Doubles Natural Gas Vehicle Fleet in One Year
Matheson Trucking, Inc. announced it is adding 27 new CNG tractors to its clean energy fleet in 2017, increasing the company’s total to 64 tractors powered by clean-burning natural gas.
“Our firm is dedicated to a policy of increasing the use of clean energy fuels to improve air quality, decrease diesel fuel consumption and reliance on foreign oil, while helping to preserve our environment,” said Charles Mellor, chief operating officer. “These new CNG tractors are part of that ongoing commitment—with more to come.”
The company logs approximately 600 trips each day, totaling an average of 98,600 miles per day driven nationwide. Using natural gas dramatically reduces GHG emissions compared to diesel along with significant reductions in sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide.
Matheson began converting its fleet to clean energy-powered tractors in 2014. Last year the company had 25 CNG and 12 LNG tractors for a total of 37. This year 27 new CNG tractors are being added. Fifteen of these already support USPS shipments to and from the Los Angeles basin and Las Vegas, and 12 more will be ordered and placed in service this fall in Denver. Across all divisions Matheson’s fleet now numbers 286 tractors pulling a mix of 342 trailers with an average length of 53 feet.
“We will continue to expand our fleet of natural gas or alternative fuel powered tractors wherever it is practical and cost effective to do so,” said Debra White, vice president for information technology and fleet maintenance.
Today the company has nine Matheson Postal Services terminals supported by maintenance shops in eight western cities, and also provides Terminal Handling Services at 27 metropolitan airports across the country.