Arizona-based Knight Transportation, part of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, is testing Cummins’ new X15N natural gas engine in Southern California. The truck is powered by ultra-low carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) at a Clean Energy station in Carson, California.
Field testing with Knight-Swift will continue through full production of the X15N powertrain in 2024. Knight Swift’s goal is to reduce CO2 emissions generated from the KNX fleet by 50% by 2035.
“We need to make sure we’re using the most reliable and efficient technologies possible to help us reduce our carbon footprint,” said Dave Williams, Knight-Swift Transportation’s senior vice president of utilities and government relations. . “We value our collaboration with Cummins and are encouraged by what we’ve seen so far with the 15L renewable natural gas technology.”
Coming to market in 2024, the Cummins X15N natural gas engine is expected to deliver diesel-like ratings, durability, and reliability to allow fleets to reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing efficiency.
“Arizonians understand how important equipment costs are to running a business. Renewable natural gas is something we can now use with measurable environmental and economic benefits. It That investment will help Arizona truckers adopt affordable advanced technology,” said Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, who represents Arizona’s 8th Congressional District and serves on the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Negative carbon intensity RNG is created by trapping methane at its biogenic source, preventing it from escaping into the atmosphere, and turning it into a transport-grade renewable fuel, said Derick Turbide, Clean Energy vice president
“Feedback in the development process is critical to the long-term success of the product for our customers. The suite of integrated Cummins technologies used in these trucks range from engine, aftertreatment, and fuel storage to transmission, axles , and the digital features that pull them all in their most optimized form demonstrate the value of our next generation product to our customers,” said José Samperio, vice president of North American On-Highway Business, Cummins .