First Canadian Heavy-Duty LNG-Powered Rental Truck Goes Into Service

Quebec-based dealership Excellence Peterbilt has placed Canada’s first heavy-duty rental truck powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) into service.

“In collaboration with our partners, Peterbilt Motors, PacLease, Gaz Metro Transport Solutions and Westport HD, we’re offering private and for-hire transporters an opportunity to test drive and compare the economic and environmental benefits of this alternative technology,” said Nicole Lussier, president of Excellence Peterbilt.

According to Gaz Metro Transport Solutions, a Gaz Métro Plus subsidiary, the road transport section is the largest GHG emitter in Quebec, accounting for more than 40 percent of total emissions. Heavy diesel trucks emit 28 percent of the GHG emissions in Québec, while representing only 2 percent of all vehicles.

Per Gaz Metro Transport Solutions, this is part of the reason why natural gas is a smart solution for heavy transport, using already proven and available technologies to reduce GHG emissions.

Excellence Peterbilt is a dealership with two years of experience working with LNG.

Lussier said both dealerships in Laval and Sainte-Julie meet the required safety regulation to carry out routine maintenance and mechanical repairs.

Location de camions Excellence PacLease will offer heavy-duty vehicles powered by compressed natural gas for the local distribution industry starting in 2013, she added.

Excellence Peterbilt, a division of Groupe Lussier Inc.,is a heavy-duty truck dealership that sells and markets Peterbilts.

The company celebrated its 15th anniversary in Sainte-Julie and its fifth anniversary in Laval in 2012.

Excellence Peterbilt will open a parts and service dealership in Saint-Jacques-Le-Mineur in January of 2013, and a full-service dealership in Drummondville in Fall 2013.