June 1, 2018 12:30 PM, EDT

Pitt Ohio Tests Two Mack Anthem Natural Gas Trucks

A Mack Anthem truck(John Sterling Ruth Photography)

Carrier Pitt Ohio is testing two natural gas-powered Mack Anthem models equipped with Cummins Westport ISX12N engines as it seeks to use alternative fuels to reduce emissions.

The day cabs with factory-installed fuel tanks are being provided to Pitt Ohio by Mack Trucks in cooperation with TransEdge Truck Centers in Pittsburgh. Mack Trucks is a division of Volvo Group.

The yearlong test is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection grant and rebate program Driving PA Forward that was launched in May. The program is part of the state’s effort to replace older diesel engines with alternative fuel-powered trucks and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 27,700 tons.

Pittsburgh-based Pitt Ohio is a platinum member of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities initiative and a SmartWay Transport Partner. The less-than-truckload and truckload carrier operates 841 tractors including 12 that are natural gas-powered.

Pitt Ohio ranks No. 50 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.