Back-of-Cab Assemblies Afford an Additional 19 DGEs
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing has designed and installed range-extending back-of-cab compressed natural gas fuel cylinder units for Chicago’s Gold Standard Transportation. The project involved the addition of a single, vertically mounted Type IV CNG tank on Kenworth tractors already fitted with rail-mounted CNG assemblies.
“McNeilus has installed complete CNG systems on four of my trucks, and also provided a custom installation to add 19 DGE capacity on two others,” Gold Standard president Gino Fortuna says in a McNeilus release.
“The additional capacity eliminated the need for these trucks to require a fuel stop,” Fortuna said.
Swing Clearance Maintained
The 19 additional diesel gallon equivalents represent 20% more fuel capacity for vehicles traveling to and from St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland and other locations in the Midwest, McNeilus says, noting that the work was done at its Chicago branch.
“By integrating vertically mounted fuel tanks, the tractor-trailers are able to maintain the required swing clearance needed for operation,” McNeilus says.
“We engineered a custom solution to meet the unique requirements of Gold Standard Transportation,” McNeilus parent Oshkosh Corp senior VP and commercial business segment president Brad Nelson says in the announcement.
‘CNG Is the Future’
Custom work, Nelson said, is “an important component of our Ngen CNG systems initiatives… Our NGEN CNG team works with customers big and small, and in a wide range of industries, to design, install and maintain CNG fleets.
“McNeilus responds with solutions that address each customer’s unique challenges, never relying on cookie-cutter installations,” he said.
Coast-to-coast, there are more than 5,000 Ngen CNG vehicles in operation, McNeilus says.
“I believe CNG is the future – primarily due to reduced fuel costs, cleaner running engines and extended longevity,” Fortuna said.
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Source: McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing with Fleets & Fuels follow-up