Partnership to Use 3M Cylinders for CNG Truck Fuel Systems
Rush Enterprises launched Momentum Fuel Technologies at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas on Monday, detailing plans to put lightweight Type IV CNG fuel cylinders from 3M to work on innovative fuel systems for Class 6 through Class 8 vehicles.
“We believe that the preference for natural gas vehicles will continue to grow,” said Rush Enterprises chairman, CEO and president W.M. “Rusty” Rush. Share of the overall truck market? “I’m on the 10% in 2018 train,” he said.
Momentum’s CNG fuel systems will be built at a multi-million dollar, 109,000-square-foot factory with state-of-the-art machining equipment in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Momentum CNG fuel assemblies have been designed for quick fills and operator ease, with such as advanced features as area PRDs and color-coded componentry for safety, and temperature-compensated electronic fill sensors. Slow- and transit-fill ports are standard.
‘Services Sell Trucks. Service Will Sell Fuel Systems’
Momentum is taking advantage of a Rush network of approximately 120 service centers in 20 states, including 14 locations that already have dedicated natural gas service bays. All new locations will have such bays, Rusty Rush said here Monday.
The company has some 300 mobile service units, too.
“We’re a service solutions provider,” Rush said. “Services sell trucks. Service will sell fuel systems.”
He noted that Rush is a $4.7 billion company that sold 35,352 trucks last year, handling some 36% of Peterbilt’s production.
“We’ve got the balance sheet and the wherewithal to play in this game,” he said.
Rush also handles Navistar International/IC Bus, Hino, Isuzu, Ford, and Blue Bird vehicles.
Will Be Working with Cummins
Momentum is initially offering rail/side-mount CNG systems holding 40 diesel gallon equivalents affording a range of 176 to 220 miles, and 45 DGE units providing estimated range of 198 to 248 miles. The initial back-of-cab system will hold 110 DGEs for a range of 506 to 633 miles. A second BoC system back-of-cab mount system, holing 150 DGEs for range of 660 to 825 miles, is promised for fall 2015.
Future product development, said Momentum GM Mike Zimmerman, will include an expanded range of configurations aimed at a wider range of market segments. “In addition, we will continue to work with Cummins Engine Company and other major engine manufacturers to ensure the Momentum CNG fuel system is well integrated and optimized to work efficiently with current and developing engine technology,” he said.
“There’s not a fleet out there that’s not looking for an alternative,” Rush senior VP for dealer operations said here Monday.
“We’re in it for the long haul,” said Rush. “Investment will continue.”
ACT Expo 2015 runs through May 7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels with Rush Enterprises & Momentum at ACT Expo 2015