August 19, 2021. RoadEX, a large California drayage company, is adding 16 new natural gas trucks to their fleet through the Chevron and Clean Energy partnership Adopt-A-Port program. In migrating from diesel fuel to renewable natural gas (RNG), RoadEx has committed to an approximate 960,000 gallons of RNG over the contract term.

“RoadEx puts the environment first and are excited about adding the new near-zero emission CNG trucks to our fleet,” says Eric Hooper, driver and terminal relations manager, RoadEx. “Thanks to the hard work of people at the SCAQMD, Velocity Truck Centers, and Clean Energy. Our partnership with these companies and government agencies to help protect the air quality in Southern California has been and will continue to be an important part of our effort to help reduce pollution in the state of California.”

In recent detailed nine-page letter sent to Environmental Justice groups, Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California, emphasized the important role RNG heavy-duty trucks can play in improving the air quality around the Ports. In the letter Mr. Nastri states, “Near-zero emission (NZE) technology has been commercially demonstrated and is available today, has sufficient fueling infrastructure that is largely funded by the private sector, and is at least 90% cleaner than new diesel trucks on NOx and 100% cleaner on cancer-causing diesel particulate matter. When fueled by renewable natural gas, these vehicles can also provide substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions. Further, these vehicles are far more cost-effective than ZE trucks (electric trucks), allowing limited incentive funds to stretch further.”

In addition to RoadEx, companies that added natural gas trucks through Adopt-A-Port in the second quarter of 2021 include Total Distribution Service, Inc., Supra National Express, JL Xpress, Inc., Pac9 Transportation, Atlas Marine, Kargo Transportation, Henean Trucking, Inc., France C. Alegre Trucking and NGL Logistics for an anticipated combined total of 1.3 million gallons of RNG.