Composite Body Offsets More than Two of Four Tanks
A lightweight composite service body by Fort Worth-based BrandFX offsets more than half of the weight of the four Faber fuel tanks used in a dedicated-CNG F-250 on display this week at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
The truck has a Westport WiNG compressed natural gas fuel system.
“The technology within our industry has evolved,” says BrandFX sales and marketing VP Carla Anglin. “You know we’ve turned a corner when the largest steel body manufacturer begins to represent a composite product line” – less weight means flexibility in fuel system choice while maximizing achievable payload, she says.
The BrandFX composite service body on the F-250 weighs just 698 pounds – 538 pounds less than a comparable steel body. The truck has three Type I steel CNG tanks weighing 250 pounds each under the chassis frame, and a Type II Faber in the transverse compartment, allowing 40 gasoline gallon equivalents of fuel.
‘Plenty of Payload’ with 40 GGE
“We have plenty of payload remaining while reaching 40 GGE,” Anglin says. “This package offers more range than the original OEM gasoline system and will maximize the overall vehicle efficiency for decade.” The extended-cab truck has a 6.2-liter engine.
“Composite bodies will deliver longer life cycles,” Anglin told F&F, “corrosion free.” They boost the rate of return on vehicle investment, she says, “all while delivering a superior performance in the field.”
BrandFX Body Company says it’s the largest producer of advanced composite service and utility bodies in the world with more than one million square feet of manufacturing space and more than 500 employees.
“The first unit ever built is still in service today,” the company says. “Why choose any other body?”
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Source: Fleets & Fuels for ShowTimes for NTEA Work Truck Show