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Eickelman Honors at NGVAmerica Denver

September 2, 2016 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, event, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘To Acknowledge His Immense Contributions’ to Agility & NGVs

Ron Eickelman, founding partner of Agility Fuel Systems and before that head of several compressed natural gas cylinder suppliers, will be honored at NGVAmerica’s annual meeting next week in Denver.
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CEOs to Speak at NGVAmerica Denver

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Convergence in the NGV Industry’ Following Key Mergers

NGVAmerica has slated Agility Fuel Systems CEO Kathleen Ligocki and Westport Fuel Systems CEO Nancy Gougarty to head a panel discussion on “Convergence in the NGV Industry” at the organization’s September meeting in Colorado.
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Agility & Hexagon Announce Merger

June 14, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, transit, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Deal Is Expected to Close in This Year’s Third Quarter,
New Multinational Entity to Be Called Agility Fuel Solutions

Southern California’s Agility Fuel Systems and Norway-based Hexagon Composites said today that Agility will merge with Hexagon’s CNG Automotive Products division, which includes medium- and heavy-duty vehicle composite cylinder manufacturing operations and its bus systems business unit, to form Agility Fuel Solutions.
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McNeilus & Agility Team on CNG

June 7, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Comprehensive Natural Gas Solution for North American Heavy-Duty Fleets’
With Agility for Manufacturing and McNeilus for Installation, Parts & Support

Agility Fuel Systems and McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing are joining forces in compressed natural gas fuel cylinder assemblies “to deliver a comprehensive natural gas solution for North American heavy-duty fleets.”
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Room for One More? Brake Air Chez CNG

May 10, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, CNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility & Freightliner Trying CNG Cabinet for Air Brake Tanks


Back-of-cab CNG fuel system on a Freightliner Cascadia tractor was shown by Agility at ACT Expo 2016.

Back-of-cab CNG fuel system on a Freightliner Cascadia tractor was shown by Agility at ACT Expo 2016.

“Real estate on a chassis is always at a premium,” says Bob Carrick of Freightliner, who told F&F at ACT Expo 2016 that his company is working with Agility Fuel Systems to position the compressed air tanks used for big rig brakes in the extra space available in compressed natural gas fuel system cabinets.

Agility is the exclusive supplier of CNG fuel systems to Freightliner, furnishing hardware from its new plant in Salisbury, N.C., which is in close proximity to the Freightliner manufacturing plants in Cleveland, N.C., and Mt. Holly, N.C.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach, Calif.

Agility Fuel Systems CEO Kathleen Ligocki

May 9, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CEO Describes Continued Evolution of Company & Market

Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki with a CNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach. The truck has a 160-DGE Agility back-of-cab fuel system, integrated with the ECU to allow Cummins Insite diagnostics of both the engine and CNG fuel system.

Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki with a CNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach. The truck has a 160-DGE Agility back-of-cab fuel system, integrated with the ECU to allow Cummins Insite diagnostics of both the engine and CNG fuel system.



Agility Fuel Systems is now more than five years old – what’s changed?

Agility Fuel Systems has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years. We joined two very innovative predecessor companies to create the leader in natural gas fuel systems in the North American market today. We offer products that are designed and engineered for durability, performance and safety. With over 30,000 vehicles on the road our experience in the industry is unparalleled. But clearly that is not the end game. Our company continues to evolve from a custom shop assembler to a fully integrated manufacturer of state-of-the-art fuel systems… the next phase of our quest is to be the best world-class supplier in this industry.

Is this the reason why you opened the new facility in North Carolina?

Yes, we have committed significant capital to construct a new green field facility in Salisbury, N.C. allowing us to insource all key manufacturing processes including OEM class paint capabilities, fabrication, assembly and vehicle integration. We are very pleased with our progress in launching our North Carolina plant and we believe it positions Agility to continue to lead the transition to natural gas in the transportation industry.

How is your joint venture with Hexagon Composites working out?

The relationship with Hexagon Composites is a strong one. In fact, we are celebrating two years since we created the joint venture with Hexagon to manufacture cylinders. Our objective was to gain economies of scale and to jointly develop innovative new products more quickly. This week at ACT Expo, we are presenting a new 27- inch diameter cylinder that will increase our flagship behind-the-cab system from a capacity of 160 to 175 diesel gallon equivalents while maintaining the same dimensional characteristics. This new product introduction is a great example of how this joint venture is showing outstanding results.

Last year you also signed a collaboration agreement with Cummins – can you provide us with an update?

Cummins is both an outstanding strategic partner and a long-term investor in Agility. During our year of collaboration, we have focused together on driving the adoption of natural gas by improving uptime and product performance. We have started this process by training and certifying 30 Cummins distributors as Agility Authorized Service Providers, which will significantly improve our nationwide service coverage. We will also distribute parts through the Cummins network to improve parts availability and uptime for our customers.

On the product performance side, at ACT Expo we will present our first prototype of an Agility fuel system utilizing a Cummins ECU, allowing service technicians to use the Cummins INSITE tool to diagnose both the engine and the fuel system. We are very excited by the suite of advanced features that this connection between the engine and the fuel system will provide our customers in the near future.

How do see the see the natural gas vehicle market in a scenario of low oil and diesel prices?

We are firm believers in the long-term future of natural gas commercial vehicles driven by both economic and environmental factors. On the economic front, our customers purchase a commercial vehicle for five to 15 years, a long-term fleet commitment. The price of oil fluctuates wildly versus natural gas, a stable and abundant fuel source. Many of our customers have invested in fuel stations, allowing them to purchase gas wholesale at rates still below the price of diesel. While we do not have a crystal ball, we do believe that the equilibrium price of oil is closer to $75/barrel making natgas purchases a prudent decision. On the environmental front, NGVs can make a substantial impact in terms of reducing greenhouse gases which negatively affect global warming, while also reducing NOx emissions, the main contributor to smog in urban areas.

Certain segments of the market, particularly in the refuse and transit industry, have continued their commitment to transition their fleets to natural gas vehicles, as these companies recognize the environmental and societal benefits NGVs provide in the communities they serve.

NGV history last year with a $40 million investment in 179 Detroit-based parts-haulers for FCA Transport (F&F, December 4). The tandem axle day cab Peterbilt 579 tractors have Type IV CNG cylinders by Hexagon Lincoln in back-of-cab Agility assemblies. Each holds 160 diesel gallon equivalents of natural gas affording a single-fill range of more than 600 miles. TruStar Energy provided a CNG fueling facility for the Fiat Chrysler fleet.

NGV history last year with a $40 million investment in 179 Detroit-based parts-haulers for FCA Transport (F&F, December 4). The tandem axle day cab Peterbilt 579 tractors have Type IV CNG cylinders by Hexagon Lincoln in back-of-cab Agility assemblies. Each holds 160 diesel gallon equivalents of natural gas affording a single-fill range of more than 600 miles. TruStar Energy provided a CNG fueling facility for the Fiat Chrysler fleet.

In the heavy truck segment, where shorter-term return on investment calculations can be critical, this year we have noted fleet operators and OEMs balancing natgas with diesel. Still, we see many examples of great companies with broader environmental strategies and long-term fleet perspectives continuing to reduce their environmental footprint by switching to NGVs.

We at Agility are very excited with the prospects of natural gas vehicles transforming the heavy duty transportation industry and our role in providing solutions for a more sustainable future for generations to come.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach, Calif.

Matheson Natural Gas Trucks for U.S.P.S.

March 15, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

37 CNG and LNG Trucks: ‘It’s The Right Thing to Do’

Sacramento-based Matheson Trucking said Monday that it’s added 25 new compressed natural gas- and 12 liquefied natural gas-fueled tractors to its fleet – “part of a company-wide clean energy expansion program designed to improve air quality, [and] lower greenhouse gas emissions” – and decrease diesel fuel consumption on routes served by the Matheson postal services division. updated March 18
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UPS: $100 Million for CNG Trucks, Fueling

March 15, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Commitment Deepens with a Dozen TruStar Fueling Stations
And 380 New CNG-Fueled Kenworth T680 Tractors for Fleet

UPS is deepening its commitment to natural gas as a vehicle fuel, announcing an investment of $100 million in 380 new CNG-fueled Kenworth T680 tractors and 12 new CNG fueling facilities, by TruStar Energy.
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Agility 160-DGE CNG Array at ATA’s TMC

February 29, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest 160-DGE Unit Said to Weigh Less and Fill Faster

Agility Fuel Systems has chosen this week’s American Trucking Associations TMC gathering to unveil a new, 160-diesel gallon equivalent behind-the-cab compressed natural gas fuel cylinder assembly.
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Broadwind Safe Refuse CNG Webinar

February 26, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, refuse, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Tackling the Challenges of CNG Adoption for the Waste Industry’
With Presenters from Hexagon Composites & Agility Fuel Systems

Broadwind Energy and its partner Safe North America, which offers compressed natural gas compressions systems, are staging a free webinar on CNG for the waste industry.
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FCA $40 Million for 100s of CNG Trucks

December 4, 2015 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility Uses Hexagon Tanks on Initial 179 Peterbilt 579s,
They’re to Be Fueled at New TruStar Installation in Detroit
Said to Be the Largest Private CNG Station in North America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is trumpeting a $40 million investment in 179 Detroit-based parts-haulers for FCA Transport, fueled by compressed natural gas. The tandem axle day cab Peterbilt 579 tractors have Hexagon Lincoln CNG cylinders in back-of-cab Agility Fuel Systems assemblies holding 160 diesel gallon equivalents of natural gas affording a single-fill range of more than 600 miles. updated with additional executive photo on December 7
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Toyota Talks Up Its First CNG Car-Hauler

November 24, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Designed and Built in Collaboration with Peterbilt, Cottrell, Agility

Toyota is trumpeting its in-house Toyota Transport unit’s first compressed natural gas-fueled car hauler. “We started exploring the CNG option more than three years ago, and it has been worth the wait,” Toyota Transport senior compliance analyst Kirk Welch said in a release. updated December 1

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Agility Names CEO: Kathleen Ligocki

November 24, 2015 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

She’s a Veteran of Kleiner Perkins and Harvest Power

Agility Fuel Systems today named Kathleen Ligocki as CEO effective December 3.

“With an impressive background in the automotive industry and entrepreneurial technology firms, as well as prior CEO experience at a variety of companies, we believe that Kathleen is uniquely qualified to lead Agility to the next level,” Agility chairman Mike Gallagher said in a release.

Kathleen Ligocki takes over as CEO at Agility Fuel Systems effective December 3.

Kathleen Ligocki takes over as CEO at Agility Fuel Systems effective December 3.

“We are delighted to welcome her as CEO, and we would also like to thank Bill Nowicke for leading the company through this important transition period,” he said.

Prior to joining Agility, Ligocki served as the CEO of Harvest Power, a organics management solutions company. Previously, she was an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Silicon Valley venture capital provider, collaborating with the firm’s green tech ventures on strategic challenges, scaling operations and commercialization.

‘Continued Innovation’

“The continued innovation in Agility’s natural gas fuel systems and a brand new, vertically integrated production facility in North Carolina will position the company to continue serving its expanding base of fleet and OEM customers,” Ligocki says in the appointment announcement.

“Our newest designs and integrated manufacturing model will offer the highest quality, most cost effective natural gas fuel systems available to the heavy duty truck and bus markets. I look forward to joining the Agility team as we continue to lead the way in adoption of a cleaner fuel in natural gas across the transportation industry.”


GM, Ford, UT

Ligocki has also served as CEO at Tower Automotive, a Fortune 1000 global automotive supplier, Next Autoworks, an auto company with a unique low-cost business model, and GS Motors, a Mexico City-based auto retailer owned by Grupo Salinas, a large Mexican conglomerate.

Ms. Ligocki has also held executive positions at Ford and United Technologies where she led operations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia. She began her industrial career at General Motors.


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Source: Agility Fuel Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

Agility Opens Plant in North Carolina

October 22, 2015 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$20 Million ‘World Class Facility’ for CNG Fuel Systems in Salisbury

Agility Fuel Systems celebrated the opening of its new manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C. yesterday with a ribbon-cutting attended by more than 300 guests.
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Agility Event Is Set for October 21

September 1, 2015 in CNG, Companies, event, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Grand Opening of New Production Facility in Salisbury, N.C.

Agility Fuel Systems has scheduled the grand opening of its new compressed natural gas fuel cylinder assembly production facility in Salisbury, N.C.
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Anheuser-Busch: All-CNG in St. Louis

August 25, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the Brewer’s Second Fleet Switch, Following Houston Last Year

Anheuser-Busch is replacing all 97 of the diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis fleet with new compressed natural gas fueled tractors. “By transitioning to the latest CNG technology, Anheuser-Busch expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year,” states a release.
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Trillium CNG for NFTA’s 1st CNG Buses

July 31, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Buffalo Agency Is Getting Its First CNG Transit and Paratransit Vehicles
Including First CNG Nova Bus Vehicles for U.S. – 44  for This Year and Next,
NFTA’s Military Road Station Is to Have a Two-Compressor ANGI Package

Trillium CNG has signed a letter of agreement to design, build, operate and maintain a compressed natural gas fueling station for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo, N.Y. NFTA provides public transit service in Erie and Niagara counties.


The new CNG station will be located at the NFTA Frontier Bus Garage on Military Road in Buffalo. The agreement letter also calls for Trillium CNG to provide station maintenance for ten years. Trillium CNG and NFTA expect to break ground in August with the station fully operational by the end of 2015.

It’s to have two 250-horsepower, ANGI-packaged compressors, expandable to five, feeding four fast-fill transit dispensers and four light-fury satellite dispensers. There will be six storage tubes.

CNG-fueled low-floor transit bus by Canada'sNova Bus – the LFS

CNG-fueled low-floor transit bus by Canada’sNova Bus – the LFS

NFTA operates a fleet of about 332 transit buses and 65 bus routes with over 4,400 bus stops serviced; along with a 6.2 mile light rail system servicing 14 stations, Trillium says.

44 Nova Bus NGVs for NFTA, with Options for More

Volvo’s Nova Bus announced an $11 million order for 20 of its low-floor LFS model CNG buses from NFTA last year, noting options for as many as 166 buses. They are to be assembled in New York State for delivery this year. They will be the first CNG vehicles from Nova Bus for the U.S.

The NFTA board has since approved the purchase of 24 more Nova Bus vehicles for delivery in 2016. The buses have 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport and CNG cylinder assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems, each with nine Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum tanks from Worthington.

CNG Paratransit Vehicles Too

In addition to the Nova Bus vehicles, NFTA is buying ten CNG-fueled paratransit vehicles through Canandaigua, N.Y.-based Shepard Brothers. It’s the third order of ten from Shepherd, and the first for CNG. The Ford E-450 chassis vehicles have bodies by Coach & Equipment Manufacturing of Penn Yan, N.Y. The new buses will have CNG fuel system by Green Alternative Systems.

Trillium CNG is a unit of WEC Energy.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates hybrid electic buses and by year-end will have CNG vehicles too.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates hybrid electic buses and by year-end will have CNG vehicles too.


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Source: Trillium CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up



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