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Cheaper CNG Tanks for Older Hondas

July 11, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Larger Optimum Type III Tank Is Priced Under $2,000

Brigham City, Utah-based Optimum Composite Technologies is promoting replacement compressed natural gas fuel cylinder kits for 1998-2001 Honda Civic GX cars, priced at “less than $2,000.” updated July 14

Model year 2000 Honda Civic GX, courtesy Honda media archive

Model year 2000 Honda Civic GX, courtesy Honda media archive

“Our kit has all the components you need to swap out tanks and connect it to the existing system,” Optimum chief engineer Mike Olson said in a release Friday.

The complete kit sells for less than $2,000 and takes about 3.5 hours to install, the company says.

Why pay $4,000 to $5,000?, Optimum asks.

Why pay $4,000 to $5,000?, Optimum asks.

“It’s a hard sell to put $4,000 to $5,000 into a 15-year-old car but it doesn’t make sense to scrap the car just because the tank is expired,” Optimum customer relations manager Chad Morgan says in the announcement.

He cites posted prices ranging from $3,400 all the way up to more than $7,600 from a Honda dealer.

‘An Easy and Economical Solution’

“Consumers need an easy and economical solution and that’s what we are offering,” Morgan said.

The Type III (carbon fiber on aluminum) Optimum CNG tank measures 19-by-34 inches and as such has a slightly larger capacity than the factory original, the firm says, “giving the consumer increased range between fills” – 8.3 gasoline gallon equivalents, Morgan told F&F, compared to 8.0 claimed by Honda. He said that the Optimum Type III tanks fill faster too.

Optimum reported certification of its 19-by-34-inch CNG cylinder in January 2013.

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Source: CTC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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