Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said Tuesday that Kroger Co. plans to replace 40 of its diesel trucks based in Clackamas, Ore., with natural gas trucks, and that Cardenas Markets will deploy 15 natural gas trucks.


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Kroger’s liquid natural gas (LNG) truck fleet deployment will serve the company’s Fred Meyer and QFC grocery chains in Oregon and Washington. Clean Energy Fuels said it will engineer and implement the necessary modifications to bring Kroger’s four vehicle maintenance bays in Clackamas into code compliance for natural gas vehicles.

“This is the first step in Kroger’s effort to transition our fleet to alternative fuels,” said Kevin Dougherty, Kroger’s group VP and chief supply chain officer, in a statement. “Converting to LNG trucks will allow us to reinvest savings into lower prices for our customers while also benefitting the environment.”

Cardenas will deploy 15 heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks in its private fleet in California and Nevada. The chain plans to convert its entire fleet of over 50 trucks to CNG in the coming years, Clean Energy Fuels said.

"Using a cleaner fuel like natural gas improves the air our customers breathe and helps keep costs low. By partnering with Clean Energy we can continue providing our customers with the value and quality they have come to expect from Cardenas Markets," said Raul Chavez, manager of special projects at Cardenas Markets.

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