September 13, 2016 4:00 PM, EDT

FedEx Freight Adds 100 CNG Trucks in Oklahoma City

FedEx Corp.

Less-than-truckload carrier FedEx Freight purchased more than 100 compressed natural gas tractors and installed a fueling station to serve the new CNG fleet at its Oklahoma City Service Center, it said.

FedEx Freight, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., contracted with Clean Energy Fuels Corp., based in Santa Monica, California, to design, build and maintain the fueling station.

The CNG fleet in Oklahoma City is made up of Class 8 trucks from both Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors Co., each of whose parent company is Paccar Inc., it said

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

“A fact we take very seriously at FedEx is that people want to do business with companies who invest in making the world a better place,” Michael Ducker, CEO of FedEx Freight, said in a statement. “Plus, it’s simply the right thing to do. And given that the state of Oklahoma has been so supportive of sustainable transportation solutions, we felt this was the perfect place to set a strong example within the LTL industry.”

The facility includes a four-lane "fast-fill" station that closely replicates a diesel fueling experience, the carrier said. Also on site is a "time-fill" station which has six zones and 18 hoses. In time-fill applications, drivers connect their vehicles to an automated system in which the tractors are fueled over an extended period of time, typically overnight.

FedEx Freight estimated the fueling station will dispense about 2.5 million gasoline gallon equivalents per year.

It will be showcased at a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 11 with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; FedEx Chairman and CEO Frederick Smith; Michael Ducker; Clean Energy co-founder and energy magnate T. Boone Pickens; and Andrew Littlefair, CEO of Clean Energy.