July 26, 2012. National leader in supply chain solutions, NFI, recently began the operation of five compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks in Los Angeles, California, in efforts to remain a sustainable and socially responsible leader in the industry. The CNG trucks run completely on compressed natural gas, and make five trips each day from L.A. ports to NFI warehouses in Chino.
Natural gas is a more affordable and efficient alternative fuel, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 25% and significantly helping to eliminate air pollution. NFI has seen great financial improvements with this emerging technology, and the transition has allowed for higher performance and lower cost for the entire fleet.
Since this alternative fuel option is still developing in the industry, there are many reasons to slowly adopt the energy source. Maintenance costs, resale value and shop conversions are financial risks that are still unknown. Also, a current lack of nationwide infrastructure limits NFI’s operations. The maximum engine size for natural-gas trucks is not yet large enough for NFI’s heavier loads, so the trucks aren’t currently equipped for all their needs.
With more research, trials and the nation-wide adoption of natural gas as a fuel alternative, NFI anticipates growth within the industry, and plans for more CNG trucks on the road in the future.
While NFI is looking towards the future for maximum sustainability practices, the company’s current efforts towards a cleaner and more efficient transportation business are not unnoticed. Inbound Logistics has named NFI a top Green Supply Chain Partner in their G75 issue in June 2012. The publication recognized NFI’s natural gas testing, Intermodal RoadRail double-stacking and Solar Division of renewable energy practices.
NFI has also been an EPA SmartWay Affiliate since 2004 due to their successfully executed Fit Fleet initiatives. The Fit Fleet tractor trailers are equipped to positively impact the environment with the use of biofuel, a five-minute idle time limit, improved aerodynamics and additional efforts to help improve fuel efficiency.