‘The Transport Project’ Launched to Advance Fleet Flexibility

May 13, 2024

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Most fleets are interested in saving money, slashing emissions, and deploying new, clean trucks that don’t upend their operations or business model.

But how do they get there? Every fleet is different.

Overly ambitious emissions deadlines loom, but ZEV sales lag. Heavy-duty EV technology, if available, remains difficult to scale. Fleets have reported long delays and often unexpected added costs to install charging infrastructure. Recharging infrastructure is incomplete. And without massive public subsidies for years into the future, costs will keep a ZEV transition out of reach for all but the largest fleets.

At The Transport Project, we want fleets of every size and application in every corner of America to be able to participate in reducing their environmental footprint. To do so, they must be afforded flexibility and the ability to choose from multiple clean vehicle options that meet both their needs and budget.

Commercial fleets of all sizes and shapes in every corner of the country can achieve a carbon-negative transportation outcome today through the deployment of natural gas trucks fueled with renewable natural gas (RNG). Transitioning to RNG-fueled trucks saves money, slashes emissions, and deploys new, more affordable, clean, and compliant technology without delay and without compromising current business operations.

More and more fleets are discovering just how RNG is achieving better than zero results immediately. Last year, 79% of all natural gas motor fuel dispensed nationwide was derived from renewable sources. In California that figure is close to 100 percent.

For the fourth consecutive year, California fleets fueled with in-state bio-CNG were carbon negative in 2023, based on an annual average carbon intensity score of -126.42 gCO2e/MJ. In fact, bio-CNG holds the lowest average carbon intensity of any clean fuel option on California’s roadways today and is the only fuel with a carbon negative average.

Biomethane sourced from dairy digesters, local landfills, wastewater treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and agricultural operations provides the most affordable and proven solution to decarbonize medium- and heavy-duty transportation.

Proven vehicles are available, and Cummins’ upcoming full production of the 15L X15N completes a suite of natural gas engine offerings capable of meeting stringent CARB 24/27 and future EPA NOx regulations in addition to any fleet need.

Consider too that RNG provides long-term motor fuel cost savings with an established refueling infrastructure and a mature network of servicers and suppliers cost-to-coast.

So why not take the early win with RNG?

We recently launched The Transport Project to advocate for a more realistic, cost-effective, and scalable transition to cleaner freighting and to support fleets investing in gaseous-fueled trucks, including renewable and conventional natural gas as well as hydrogen.

Our collective of close to 200 organizations and companies involved in the efficient movement of goods, services, and people are dedicated to ensuring North America’s fleets run safely, reliably, and effectively on clean, renewable fuels of all kinds.

And our broad coalition includes industry drivers and freight professionals from every corner of the commercial transportation field — fleets and end users, vehicle dealers, servicers and suppliers, fuelers and fuel producers, and OEMs and engine manufacturers.

See how your fleet operations can achieve better than zero now with RNG trucks. Make your voice heard. Join our movement. Visit transportproject.org.

The Transport Project is a national coalition of roughly 200 fleets, vehicle and engine manufacturers and dealers, servicers and suppliers, and fuel producers and providers dedicated to the decarbonization of North America’s transportation sector. Through the increased use of gaseous motor fuels including renewable natural gas and hydrogen, the U.S. and Canada can achieve ambitious climate goals and greatly improve air quality safely, reliably, and effectively without delay and without compromising existing commercial business operations. Find out more at transportproject.org