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Mansfield CNG for Chrysler

January 2, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Mansfield Gas Equipment Systems (MGES) reports a contract from Chrysler to furnish compressed natural gas fueling installations at two research-proving grounds facilities in Michigan and a third in Arizona.

CNG-fueled Chrysler van, 1992, photo courtesy Allpar

CNG-fueled Chrysler van, 1992, photo courtesy Allpar

Chrysler has said repeatedly that it’s evaluating the market for natural gas vehicles in the U.S. The firm joined NGVAmerica in 2010 (Kathleen Hennessey of Chrysler is on the NGVAmerica board) and said last year that incentives applicable to bi-fuel vehicles and a more extensive fueling infrastructure are its prerequisites for re-entering the business.

Chrysler VP Bob Lee indicated that any new Chrysler NGV would be a Chrysler-developed, and not a Fiat-based product (F&F, April 25, 2011). A spokesman told F&F in late December that an announcement on NGVs will be forthcoming in the first quarter of 2012.

MGES Seeks Business Development Specialist

MGES has also been awarded a contract through the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. to upgrade the existing airbase CNG fueling infrastructure, more than doubling existing capacity there. It’s the third MGES station upgrade contract for the base in ten years.

The firm is spreading the word that it’s looking for a business development specialist to be based at Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California, home of Gas Equipment Systems, Inc., which Mansfield Oil acquired in 2011. MGES recently hired FuelMaker and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. veteran Mario Pirraglia as sales VP.

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