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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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Hexagon H2 Tanks for Mercedes F-Cell

August 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Type IV Cylinders for Fuel Cell/Plug-In-‘Hybrid’

Hexagon Lincoln is supplying its all-composite Type IV cylinders for the new hydrogen-fueled Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell vehicle. Each car will have two of the lightweight tanks: one in the transmission tunnel and one below the rear seats.
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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.

Blue Gas Marine for CNG for Watercraft

March 7, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

At Least Two Boatbuilders Now Offer CNG Option
As System Developer Offers Compelling Economics,
Introduces ‘Hybrid’ Variant for Better Acceleration

Blue Gas Marine is stepping up its work in compressed natural gas for boats with gasoline engines, promoting a bi-fuel upfit said to slash fuel costs and introducing a dual fuel gasoline-CNG “Advanced Hybrid CNG” system to provide “out of the hole” acceleration power for patrol and competition boats. updated March 23
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Hexagon Steps It Up in Hydrogen

January 29, 2016 in Companies, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Business Unit Tackles ‘New High-Growth Market Niche’

Hexagon Composites has set up a new business unit for hydrogen storage and transportation systems. The firm says it’s already taken a significant role in shaping the hydrogen storage industry with contracts supporting OEMs, fueling station builders, and research laboratories, and is “well positioned across the hydrogen value chain with cylinders for passenger and commercial vehicles, ground storage, transportation and backup power solutions.”
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Mainstay CNG Car Hauler for Honda

December 8, 2015 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Virginia Transportation to Operate 30 Peterbilt 365s
With Fontaine Cab Modification, Cottrell Carrier Bodies
And Hexagon Lincoln Type IV Tanks Yielding 69 DGEs

Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Virginia Transportation Corp said today that 30 Peterbilt 365 daycab trucks have been modified with compressed natural gas fuel systems and outfitted as car haulers for American Honda in Alabama.
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NGV Men Attend HHP Summit 2015

November 24, 2015 in Companies, event, HHP Summit 2015 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Markets, Like the ‘Virtual Pipeline,’ Eyed in Dallas

The recent High Horsepower Summit 2015 conference and exhibition in Dallas attracted a substantial number of natural gas vehicles industry representatives.
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Hexagon Points to CNG Market Strength

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

‘Natural Gas Still Remains the Least Expensive Option,’ Company Says

Hexagon Lincoln says it’s recently taken order for more than $7.5 million worth of its Tuffshell brand compressed natural gas fuel cylinders, with a bout two thirds of the new tanks slated to deliver in the first quarter of 2016.
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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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Hexagon for MAN: ‘Supplier of Choice’

October 6, 2015 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Our Companies Have Brought Valuable Product Development’

Hexagon Composites reports that its Hexagon Bus Systems unit “has solidified its leading position in the European transit bus market with the nomination by MAN Truck & Bus AG for the continued supply of compressed natural gas fuel systems.”
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Hexagon Has a New Type IV CNG Tank

September 21, 2015 in CNG, New Products, NGVAmerica 2015 Denver, NGVs, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New 16-Inch-Diameter Vessels for Buses and Refuse Trucks

Hexagon Lincoln took the occasion of NGVAmerica’s 2015 North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo in Denver last week to introduce a new compressed natural gas fuel cylinder for the refuse truck and transit bus markets.


Hexagon Composites says that its new 16-inch-diameter CNG tank is its ‘highest gas capacity and lightest weight’ product for refuse and transit today.

Hexagon Composites says that its new 16-inch-diameter CNG tank is its ‘highest gas capacity and lightest weight’ product for refuse and transit today.

The 16-inch-diameter cylinders “are the company’s highest gas capacity and lightest weight tanks for this market to date,” states a release.

And, “In the race to be the lightest tank on the market, our engineers have never sacrificed durability for weight,” Hexagon Lincoln CNG automotive products VP Chet Dawes says in the firm’s announcement.

‘70% Lighter than Steel’

“It’s what makes us the global leader in the industry,” he said. The new tanks are 70% lighter than steel and have a polymer liner that is corrosion free.

Hexagon Composites also marked its 52nd anniversary at the NGVAmerica meeting, “celebrating its long history as the world’s largest manufacturer of Type 4 pressure vessels.”


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Source: Hexagon Composites with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

WorldNGV for Fleets’ Performance Needs

June 2, 2015 in certifications, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Former World CNG Has New Identity & Premium Gameplan,
Has Delivered the First of 50 All-CNG Dodge Promaster Vans

WorldNGV Technologies – the former World CNG – is roaring out of the gate with the expected delivery this month of 50 dedicated-compressed natural gas Dodge Promaster vans for Southern California’s Fastech.
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Agility to Open in North Carolina

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2014, ACT Expo 2015, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Hexagon Lincoln Cylinders to Be Manufactured There Too

Agility Fuel Systems released details at ACT Expo about the 204,000-square-foot production facility it will open later this year in Salisbury, N.C. The plant, which will be Agility’s third, is strategically located north of Charlotte in close proximity to heavy duty truck and bus OEM assembly plants.
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Limos, LNG Help Define World CNG

April 13, 2015 in certifications, CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seattle Firm Emphases Norm-Breaking Natural Gas Vehicles

An order for highly specialized Cadillac limousines, compressed natural gas-fueled, for luxury transport in Las Vegas has helped World CNG re-define itself as a provider of custom natural gas vehicles that aren’t available anywhere else. Liquefied natural gas trucks in Washington State constitute another key example.
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Agility Facilitates 1,600 NGVs for UPS

April 1, 2015 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Tanks with Hexagon Lincoln for the Huge New CNG Order,
As Agility Supplied the LNG Systems for Earlier UPS Trucks Too

Agility Fuel Systems released details today about the role it’s played in supporting UPS’s drive to be one of leading practitioners of alternative fuel transportation in the U.S.
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Hexagon Lincoln’s 27-Incher for CNG

February 17, 2015 in CNG, Companies, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest Type IV CNG Tank Weighs Less, Holds More,
Hexagon Mulls Tank Production with Agility in East

Hexagon Lincoln is promoting its new Type IV all-composite compressed natural gas fuel cylinder as its lightest and most capacious yet, noting that the 27 inch-diameter (673-millimeter) unit is featured in the new 160-diesel-gallon-equivalent back-of-cab cylinder array being promoted by Agility Fuel Systems. updated February 18
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