ACT offers online fuel payback calculators

ACT Research Co LLC has released online fuel payback calculators that can help companies make the best fuel choices for their applications.

The calculators, which are available at no charge at ACT’s website, www.actresearch.net, allow fleets to easily calculate the diesel gallon equivalent of compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the pump as the commodity cost of natural gas changes.

“We believe that the adoption of natural gas fuel for heavy-duty trucks will ultimately put real pressure on freight rates as the use of lower cost natural gas fuel can offer significant cost reductions,” said Ken Vieth, senior partner and general manager of ACT. “As decisionmakers look at how to get to the lowest total cost, they may decide to investigate buying trucks that are fueled by natural gas. These fuel payback calculators are easy to use, and they can quickly tell you the price at the pump for a multitude of different scenarios, comparing diesel to natural gas for a spark, an HPDI, or a DNG dual-fuel engine.”

ACT has published several white papers on the future of natural gas in heavy-duty trucking, with a closer look at information needed to make informed decisions. Topics include:

•The future of NG in heavy-duty trucks

•Fuel systems and fuel choices

•Maintenance shop considerations

•A private fleet case study about the start-to-finish transition to a natural gas fueled fleet

ACT is currently undertaking a multi-client study: US Trends & Long-Term Forecasts of Natural Gas Use in Medium & Heavy Vehicles. The study will focus on infrastructure, fuels, products, shipper/truckers and freight, and emissions. Email Jennifer McNealy at [email protected] or phone 812-379-2085 for more information.

For more information on ACT, go to www.actresearch.net.

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