CNG Assembly Is Safer, and Can Be Filled More Quickly
Agility Fuel Systems unveiled its next-generation side-mount compressed natural gas fuel cylinder assembly at the Mid-America Truck Show in Kentucky. “This highly engineered CNG system has been tailored to the industry’s requirements for longer range in trucking and quick, easy installation on the production line,” Agility says.
The new side-mount assembly employs Type IV CNG fuel cylinders from Hexagon Lincoln, says Agility VP Scott Lucero. It is available in capacities ranging from 30 to 60 DGEs – diesel gallon equivalents.
Agility’s new side-mount CNG fuel cylinder assembly boasts
- improved filling capability – “The new fuel management module was re-engineered to streamline gas flow dynamics for faster fill times and better fill quality;”
a recessed fuel management module affording added safety as fueling receptacles are securely tucked inside the envelope of the system: “This feature also provides great ergonomics as receptacles are clear of the steps used to access the cab;”
- ignition disconnect fuel caps – if the cap is not correctly replaced after fueling, the vehicle will not start;
- simplified cover and frame assembly with easy access to internal components for quicker inspections and reduced maintenance times;
- a “drop and go” bracket for quick and easy installation on OEM assembly lines;
- Type 4 all-composite CNG cylinders, up to 70% lighter than steel tanks and resistant to corrosion, with options for both neck and strap-mount;
- an improved side impact protection bar; and
- reduced weight via the use of composite materials.
The new assembly “enables fleets to reduce fuel costs, their single largest operating expense, by as much as 50%,” Agility CEO Barry Engle said in a release for MATS 2014.
“Our new CNG system utilizes the latest technology and system design to provide the long range, fast fill times and highest safety standards demanded by over-the-road truck customers,” Engle said.
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Source: Agility Fuel Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up