Ruan is partnering with Hyliion, a leader in electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 semi trucks, on a three-week controlled fleet trial of the Hyliion Hypertruck ERX. The Hypertruck ERX is an electric powertrain that is recharged by an onboard natural gas generator for Class 8 commercial trucks that aims to provide lower operating costs, emissions reductions, and superior performance, according to Hyliion. Utilizing the 700+ commercial natural gas vehicle filling stations across North America, it enables long range and quick refueling and, when fueled with renewable natural gas, can provide net-negative carbon emissions to commercial fleets.
Over the course of the trial, Ruan will utilize the Hypertruck ERX to haul product on a dedicated route for customer Target Corporation out of Ruan’s Midlothian, TX, operation. The goal of the controlled fleet trial is to gain real-time feedback from drivers and technicians to analyze the Hypertruck ERX’s performance in the field.
“We are excited to participate in Hyliion’s controlled fleet trial for their Hypertruck ERX powertrain system,” said Ruan Vice President of Fleet Services Brad Gehring. “Ruan is continuously researching new and emerging technologies as they relate to sustainability in the transportation industry. Utilizing alternative fuel solutions, like Hyliion’s Hypertruck ERX powertrain system, enables us to not only decrease our carbon footprint, but also allows us to assist our clients with their sustainability goals. The Hyliion team has been great to work with, and we are all looking forward to reviewing data at the end of the three-week trial and evaluating the Hypertruck ERX’s performance.”
A proponent of alternative fuels and a member of Hyliion’s Hypertruck Innovation Council, Ruan was an early adopter of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled trucks, logging millions of miles per year on natural gas power and reducing millions of pounds of carbon emissions. Set to begin commercial production in late 2023, Ruan has 10 Hyliion Hypertruck ERX trucks on order. Visit Hyliion's website to learn more about Hyliion and their work on sustainability and alternative energy.