In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Penske is offering fleets the opportunity for an extended test drive of a compressed natural gas (CNG) truck before buying or leasing. Through this program, CNG trucks are available at the same price as a comparable diesel truck. Penske ensures a smooth rental experience by providing training resources and 24/7 roadside assistance. The program began November 1, 2016 and runs through July 15, 2018. The project, which includes a CNG heavy-duty truck, is currently available in three regions in the U.S.
The CNG rental truck is a 2015 Freightliner Cascadia (ISX12G engine, 400HP, Allison 6 speed auto). The vehicle can operate at 80,000 pounds and carries 116 DGEs (approximate range of 400 miles).
Despite major advances in the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles, adaptation of this technology remains challenging. Penske has seen first-hand the challenges faced by some customers to make their deployment in everyday operations a reality. Most operators are unwilling to buy a vehicle to evaluate fitness for operation in their fleets. This program allows fleet managers to test drive the vehicles themselves for an extended period of time before buying or leasing, thus minimizing risk and cost to the operators.
If you operate a fleet in Wisconsin and are interested in learning more about this program, please call Wisconsin Clean Cities at (414) 221-4958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.