(Ottawa, July 19, 2012) - The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)
supports the recommendation to expand the use of natural gas in the
Canadian economy contained in a report released today by the Standing
Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources for the
Government of Canada. The report entitled Now or Never states that
natural gas is a “game changing fuel,” that the product
“is becoming a platform fuel for the Canadian economy” and
that its expansion by governments “should be
CTA supports the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG)
technology into the Class 8 market and has continually emphasized the
role federal and provincial governments must play in these early days of
the technology in order for the trucking industry to adopt it.
“The GHG reduction benefits of LNG are real and at current
prices, it is an attractive alternative to diesel fuel. However, it will
require investment in distribution infrastructure on the part of
producers, as well as significant tax incentives and price guarantees to
allow and encourage those carriers who are interested to make the
shift,” said Stephen Laskowski, senior vice president of CTA.
The price differential for a LNG Class 8 tractor compared to a
similar diesel version can reportedly vary by as much as $100,000. Price
differences between LNG and diesel powered vehicles will vary based on
application and options required by the operator.
“At this price differential, without government financial
incentives for the trucking industry or distribution infrastructure, the
Canadian trucking industry will be cautious in its approach towards this
technology,” added Laskowski.