COMPETITION WATCH: Robert orders 180 LNG-powered Petes

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BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — Robert Transport has placed an order for 180 Class 8 Peterbilt trucks fueled by natural gas.

The significant order comes in partnership with Gaz Metro, which will be installing three refueling sites along the 401 corridor between Quebec City and Mississauga, Ont. The trucks will be powered by Westport HD’s 15-litre GX engine and will run off liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“This is the single largest order for LNG Trucks powered by Westport HD,” said David Demers, CEO of Westport Innovations. “It’s evidence that natural gas is gaining momentum as a mainstream transportation fuel in Canada. With the imperative to reduce GHG emissions from heavy-duty transport and the Quebec government’s incentives, companies like Robert Transport and Gaz Metro are helping deploy natural gas transportation solutions to help reduce emissions.”

“Operating natural gas trucks helps reduce one of our largest input costs and reduces our carbon footprint,” added Claude Robert, president and CEO of Robert Transport. “This is a win-win for both the environment and our company.”

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