‘More Options’ for Customers with 17-Inch Cylinders
New 17-inch-diameter CNG cylinders from Cobham “offer customers more options,” says the manufacturer, which is introduce its new family of Type IV tanks at ACT Expo 2017 last week.
The all-composite Cobham cylinders for light and medium duty natural gas vehicles are available in 60- and 83-inch lengths.
“The new family of 17-inch-diameter cylinders further compliments our current 21-inch-diameter offerings, enabling us to serve a wider range of medium and light duty customer needs,” said Cobham outside sales manager Art Holbert.
They Fit Below the Bedrail
“The 17-inch size was developed in response to customers needing more supplier options in sourcing cylinders that sit below the bedrail to give pickup-truck owners the ability to use a cover across the entire length of the truck bed,” he says.
Cobham’s current 17-inch and 21-inch-diameter families are available with both strap and boss mounts. Cobham pledges to “begin developing larger diameter sizes in various lengths planned for release later in 2017.
“We also produce customized sizes as needed,” the company says. “As part of our commitment to offer superior products, additional load-testing is performed to validate the mounts and composite interface will withstand long term vehicle usage. For added safety, Cobham cylinders are significantly more resistant to permeation.”
The firm’s UK-based parent employs some 11,000 people primarily in the U.S., UK, Europe and Australia, and has customers and partners in more than 100 countries for high-performance composite pressure vessels “and hybrid integrated structures for alternative energy, life support, military and commercial aircraft, and spacecraft applications.
“The NGV market is a strategic fit,” the company says, “that leverages our gas management core capability and composites technology to offer the best value to end users.”
Cobham just last month said that Colorado’s Redmark CNG slecxted it as a preferred supplier of Type IV compressed natural gas fuel cylinders (F&F, April 6), after making a similar announcement last year about the North Carolina upfitter Altech-Eco (F&F, November 8).
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach