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Ragasco Type IVs for New Mercedes

September 14, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hexagon-Raufoss Is the New Brand Effective October 1

The Ragasco unit of Hexagon Composites is supplying Type IV all-composite compressed natural gas fuel cylinders for the Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive car for 2013. Separately, the firm is changing its Ragasco product branding to Hexagon-Raufoss effective October 1.

Raufoss, Norway-based Ragasco — soon to be known as Hexagon-Raufoss — is supplying two sizes of Type IV CNG fuel tanks for the Mercedes B 200 Natural Gas drive for 2013.

Hexagon-Raufoss supplies 200-bar/3,000-psi, ECE R110-compliant tanks for passenger vehicles in Europe and elsewhere outside North America.

Hexagon’s Lincoln Composite unit supplies 250-bar/3,600-psi tanks for the U.S. and Canada.

Lincoln supplies large cylinders – upwards of 90 water liters or 410 millimeters (16 inches) in diameter – for trucks and buses worldwide, offering 3,600-psi units for North America and 200-bar tanks for export, says Norway-based Lincoln VP and Hexagon-Raufoss sales director Frank Häberli.

In addition to the new (F&F, September 7) Mercedes B 200 natural gas vehicle, Hexagon-Raufoss is supplying Type IV tanks for the latest iteration of the Opel Zafira, Häberli says. The firm has secured a new supply contract with an undisclosed major OEM too, he told F&F.

World Leader in Type IVs, ‘By Far’

“We are by far the largest [all-] composite NGV cylinder manufacturer for CNG transportation,” he says. “We are five times larger than our largest competitor in the market.”

Next year, Häberli notes, will mark the 20th anniversary of the all-composite (polymer lined) Type IV cylinder at Lincoln Composites and the 50th anniversary of the company itself (formerly known as Brunswick, and for a time, until the acquisition by Hexagon negotiated in late 2004, a unit of General Dynamics; F&F, January 31, 2005).

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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview


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