Ford is currently teaming up with utility providers Ferguson Enterprises and SoCalGas to test Ford F-550 fuel cell prototype work trucks in an effort that is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck 3 program, which aims to significantly reduce emissions in medium and heavy-duty trucks. Now, SoCalGas has announced that it is also adding 200 renewable natural gas (RNG) Ford F-250 trucks to its fleet as well as it aims to field a 100 percent zero-emissions fleet by 2035 and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045.
The Ford F-250 trucks will be converted to natural gas by Landi Renzo USA over the next four months, just a year after the two companies converted another 200 service trucks to run on RNG. According to SoCalGas, this move will reduce an additional 2,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) and result in roughly 44 percent of the company’s service vehicles running on clean fuels.
RNG is produced through the capture of methane emissions from organic waste materials from wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and other sources. Capturing the methane from these waste sources and converting it into RNG helps greenhouse gas emissions with high global warming potential from entering the atmosphere and reduces the use of fossil fuels.
“Our longstanding partnership with Landi Renzo USA is one of many initiatives that will help SoCalGas reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector and help reach our net-zero goal,” said Sandra Hrna, vice president of supply chain and operations support at SoCalGas. “The new clean energy technologies provided by Landi Renzo are innovative and have always delivered great results which will help decarbonize the transportation sector.”