Sole Provider Agreement Covers Both CNG and LNG Fuel Systems
Agility Fuel Systems will serve as the sole provider of natural gas fuel systems to Freightliner Trucks, Daimler-Freightliner said Wednesday. “The seven-year agreement will provide custom designed products with the latest features and technological innovations,” the truckmaker said. updated June 12
The long-term pact covers both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fuel tank assemblies “in a number of customizable configurations.”
The firms have worked together for more than 13 years, Freightliner said and have jointly developed factory-engineered and installed systems that contribute to performance, efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
‘Shared Vision… Will Help Us Evolve’
“What drives both Freightliner and Agility is our shared vision of using innovation to deliver the best solutions to our customers,” Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks, says in the agreement announcement.
“This partnership will help us evolve as the industry continues to embrace natural gas as a viable option,” she said.
Agility recently announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Salisbury, N.C., which is in close proximity to the Freightliner manufacturing plants in Cleveland, N.C., and Mt. Holly, N.C., where the Freightliner Cascadia 113, M2 112 and 114SD natural gas trucks are produced.
New Location ‘Will Help Contribute’
“Expected to start production in late 2015, it is industry’s first vertically integrated natural gas fuel system production facility, and the location will help contribute to best-in-class products, quality cost and lead times,” Freightliner said.
“We have been collaborating with Freightliner since 2002 and in 2009 we began the industry’s first on-line factory installation of our natural gas fuel systems,” said Agility CEO Barry Engle.
“We have worked as partners ever since to drive natural gas adoption rates in the heavy duty trucking industry,” he said.
On the agreement with Freightliner? “We are thrilled.”
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Source: Daimler-Freightliner with Fleets & Fuels follow-up