Terminal Tractors like the new Xspotter can use CNG fuel alternative
The fuel efficiency you’re looking for in today’s terminal tractors can be delivered through a common fossil fuel substitute: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Even though CNG is a combustible fuel, it is long considered an environmentally clean alternative to the fuels mentioned above while producing cleaner emissions.
CNG is also much safer than the other choices in the event of a spill: natural gas, because it is lighter than air, disperses quickly when it’s released.
The Xspotter series, used in many severe truck applications, is available with a factory-built natural gas power (CNG), as well as a Cummins diesel power option. The Cummins provides a 200 HP power source @ 2600 RMP, and registers 520 ft-lb of torque.
The Xspotter line also benefits from Autocar’s partnership with Balqon Corp’s technology through integrating zero-emissions, lithium ion-electric power system.
One of the many efficient features includes the Xspotter’s frame: it registers 2.0 million resisting bending moment (RBM), along with 50,000 KSI steel, “C” reinforced fasteners— using Huck bolts where possible.
Xspotter yard tractor series represents advances from many severe-truck applications, including power train performance to cab suspension design. Xspotter terminal trucks are used in rail and ship yards, container ports, warehouse and distribution centers; common uses include moving semi-trailers and intermodal containers from spot to spot.
Drivers face untold starts and stops, heavy loads, forward/reverse/forward driving…all in incredibly harsh environments. Driver fatigue is reduced with the Xspotter’s ergonomically-designed cab, and safety is enhanced through an expanded windshield viewing area; driver and curb-side windows and rear exit door windows.
Contact us to learn more on how the Xspotter can meet—and exceed—the challenges found in demanding yard applications.