In 2011, American Honda auto logistics challenged Virginia Transportation Corporation to develop an environmentally‐friendly solution for the transport of vehicles from Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama Manufacturing Facility. Leo Doire, Owner and CEO of Virginia Transportation Corporation, immediately gathered the industry’s finest team of suppliers, engineers, innovators, designers, visionaries, and dreamers together to bring this concept to reality.
The ultimate green auto transporter
Doire and the dedicated team of employees at Virginia Transportation Corporation extended their sincere appreciation to Greg Arscott and The Pete Store, Peterbilt of Denton, Texas, Jeff Martin and Cottrell and Ivan Barnes and Fontaine Modification Company for developing a state‐of‐the‐art tractor/trailer combination that complies with the height, width, length, and weight requirements of Federal and State Laws, while producing a load factor that could efficiently transport motor vehicles. Also to Rod Grandy (CEO) and David Benner (Director of Business Development) of Mainstay Fuel Technologies, CNG systems’ manufacturer, who were engaged to provide the fuel systems which are integral in the operation of the transporters.
Working closely with CNG Suppliers and Alabama Natural Gas, Virginia Transportation Corporation launched construction of a state‐of‐the‐art CNG Generating and Fueling station at Talladega, Alabama designed and built by TrilliumCNG to fuel the auto transporters that will provide transport from the Honda Lincoln Plant to the new CSX rail loading facility at Talladega. The Virginia Transportation Corporation Fleet of CNG Fueled Transporters will commence transport with 30 units in January 2016. The Fleet has the potential to grow upwards to 40‐50 units as additional equipment comes off the manufacturing line. Honda will ship approximately 1,200 – 1,400 vehicles per day from Lincoln to Talladega for movement by rail to their Dealer Network.