Ryder Teams with Quantum and Rush with 3M for Onboard CNG
3M and Rush Enterprises and Quantum and Ryder System said they’re pooling their respective efforts for onboard storage of compressed natural gas. The word came down in separate announcements at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.
Quantum and Ryder publicized a “long-term agreement to help reduce costs, extend fuel range, and increase vehicle uptime for CNG vehicles.”
3M and Rush said they’d “pursue the design, manufacture and installation of a portfolio” of CNG tanks and fuel systems for Class 6 to Class 8 vehicles. 3M is to supply CNG cylinders with its proprietary technology, with Rush to provide “enhanced fuel systems, distribution and service support.”
Ryder and Quantum – ‘More Affordable and Reliable’
Quantum says that its arrangement with Ryder will help reduce costs and increase vehicle uptime for businesses that lease CNG trucks from Ryder: “Ryder will purchase state-of-the-art CNG tank systems directly from Quantum and install them onto CNG-powered vehicles with a team of Ryder technicians using state-of-the-art industry procedures related to these systems.”
“Next to the limited commercial fuel infrastructure, the biggest barrier to the broad adoption of natural gas vehicles is the initial cost of the technology,” Ryder global fleet management solutions president Dennis Cooke says in the Quantum release. “This relationship will help make compressed natural gas vehicles more affordable and reliable, so more businesses can take advantage of their environmental and efficiency benefits.”
Ryder will be using Quantum’s Q-lite brand Type IV all-composite CNG cylinders.
“With Ryder, we can bring our leading-edge natural gas tank storage and system technology to a larger base of businesses that are looking to improve efficiencies, save on fueling costs, and get better performance from their natural gas fleets,” said Quantum president and CEO Brian Olson.
Quantum notes that Ryder’s natural gas fleet includes more than 500 CNG and liquefied natural gas vehicles, and serving more than 40 customers in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Georgia, and Louisiana. The fleet recently logged its 20 millionth natural gas mile (F&F, March 31).
Quantum said in a separate announcement that it’s expanding its tank and CNG storage system production capacity for both rail-mounted and back-of-cab systems “to meet third quarter production readiness.”
Rush and 3M – ‘Quality Solutions’
“We believe the lack of a holistic approach to fuel system development has slowed adoption in this segment,” 3M aerospace and commercial transportation VP Rory Yanchek said in a release at ACT Expo. “Our collaboration with Rush Enterprises will help accelerate industry adoption.”
3M notes that it launched its first CNG tank in 2013, applying “pioneering nanoparticle-enhanced resin technology in order to engineer tanks that are up to 30% lighter and have up to 10% more storage capacity than the market leading Type IV alternative.”
3M reported certification of its first CNG cylinder more than a year ago (F&F, February 12, 2013).
“The technological advancements brought forth by 3M in the CNG tank space have been game-changing,” Rush chairman, president and CEO W.M. “Rusty” Rush says in the 3M announcement. “Combining that technology with our ability to provide innovative solutions to the commercial vehicle industry, vehicle integration engineering and installation expertise and a national network of sales and service centers gives us a truly unique offering.”
“By pairing a leading materials/technology company with one of the largest commercial vehicle dealership networks, we hope to achieve scale as well as move the needle in customer service and innovation,” Rush said.
3M described Rush Enterprises as the premier service provider to the commercial vehicle industry with the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States, representing OEMs including Peterbilt, International, Hino, Isuzu, Ford, IC Bus and Blue Bird. One-stop service centers “offer an integrated approach to meeting customer needs,” 3M says.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.