ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Fred Zweep, president of Vedder Transportation Group, has won an international award for his company’s implementation of natural gas trucks into its fleet.
Vedder Group purchased 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled Peterbilts last year for use in its return-to-base truck fleet. In December, it will be opening a “first of its kind in Canada” fully-serviced commercial LNG cardlock in Abbotsford, B.C. The new fuelling station will be operated in partnership with gas supplier FortisBC.
For all this, Zweep was presented with the Natural Gas Vehicle Champion Award from the International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. The award will be presented Nov. 7 in Mexico City, Mexico.
“I do not deem the award presentation to be that of my singular success; rather it’s about the cornerstone of success based on the collaborative efforts of Vedder Transport and our partners FortisBC, Peterbilt Pacific and Westport Innovations, which has lead to the successful delivery of the Vedder Transportation Group’s natural gas project,” Zweep said.
“Further, I wish to express my deepest appreciation to the entire professional driving fleet of Vedder Transport, who operate our fleet of 50 LNG Class 8 vehicles day in and day out, as without their ongoing vested interest and dedication to this project and that of the Vedder Transport implementation group…my vision for LNG-operated Class 8 tractors in Western Canada would not have been achievable.”
Zweep also thanked Larry Wiebe, CEO of Vedder Group for his “unwavering support, guidance and shared vision from conception to integration of my vision for natural gas technology.”
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