16-Inch Type IIIs Qualified to NGV2-2007 & DOT FMVSS304 Specs
Utah’s Optimum Composite Technologies is stepping up its presence in natural gas vehicles, reporting qualification of two 16-inch-diameter “Blue Line” brand Type III cylinder sizes to NGV2-2007 and DOT FMVSS304 specifications.
The smaller of the 16-inch Optimum tanks is 35 inches long and holds 81 liters (water volume) translating to 6.8 gasoline gallon equivalents. The larger of the carbon fiber-on-aluminum-liner cylinders is 48 inches long for 115 liters or 9.7 GGE.
“The new selection of CNG tanks from our Blue Line family gives customers options that they did not previously have,” Optimum customer relations manager Chad Morgan said in a release.
“We have already had a very positive response,” he said.
The new 16-inch tanks have been popular in bi-fuel conversions of smaller sedans and SUVs, the company adds, noting that the 16-by-35 “also works well as a replacement to Honda Civic expiring tanks.”
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Source: Optimum Composite Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up