dHybrid to Unveil New Back-of-Cab Model at ACT Expo in May
Utah’s dHybrid Systems will unveil its Model 206 back-of-cab CNG cylinder assembly on a Peterbilt 365 at ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif. next month. Weighing just 2,800 pounds empty, including mounting hardware, it is the lightest in the industry, the company says.
“It eliminates 1,000 pounds of weight and it eliminates the need for side-rails,” says dHybrid product technologies and sales VP Trevor Milton – yet still has capacity for 145 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG.
The Alternative Clean Transportation Expo takes place May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. It is co-located with NGV Global 2014, this year’s world natural gas vehicles meeting.
Lots of Features
According to a pre-show announcement by dHybrid, “This unique tank configuration eliminates many of the hurdles that the natural gas fuel system industry has encountered over the last several years: weight, fuel range, chassis clearance and installation times.”
“If 145 DGE meets your range requirements,” the company says, “this model will eliminate the need for side rail fuel storage, clearing up your side rails for battery boxes, toolboxes and much coveted space.”
The 206 BOC features a color in-cab touch screen display (patent pending) giving the driver fuel levels, true tank PSI, fault codes, and distance before empty.
Faster Fills, and Cooler Too, dHybrid Says
Also patent-pending for the 206 is a new fueling manifold and receptacles allowing fills up to three times faster “than any competitor’s system, all while reducing heat during filling allowing for the best filling percentages on the market.”
Internal and external parts are UV powder-coated, dHybrid says, and undergo six steps of preparation for maximum paint life. “We pride ourselves with the highest quality finish in the industry,” CEO Brian Pettersen says in the pre-ACT announcement.
dHybrid says it applies “aircraft aluminum technology for weight savings and strength.” The 145-DGE 206 can be combined with additional fuel storage yielding “a staggering” 235 DGE for operators needing extra range.
Milton told F&F that dHybrid uses CNG cylinders from suppliers including Worthington-SCI and CNG Cylinders International – CNGci.
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