ACT Expo 2018


UPS Shows a Class 6 Fuel Cell Chassis

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicle Will Be Tested for Package Delivery in Sacramento

UPS claimed the first-ever hydrogen fuel-cell powered zero-emission Class 6 delivery vehicle at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, showing a converted 2006 package car with

  • an HyPM-HD30 fuel cell system by Hydrogenics,
  • a highly efficient, 227-kilowatt (304-horsepower) switch-reluctance motor by Nidec,
  • a P40-24 lithium iron magnesium phosphate battery module by Valence Technology, and
  • high-pressure fuel cylinders by Luxfer.

The FCEV/fuel cell electric vehicle prototype is to be deployed in Sacramento, where UPS “will validate its design and core performance requirements by testing it on the street starting the third quarter of 2017.”

GAS for AmeriPride and 185 CNG for UPS

August 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Electricity and CNG for AmeriPride, CNG for UPS

Green Alternative Systems is busily converting walk-in vans to 100% battery electric operation and compressed natural gas for AmeriPride – nine and 20 vehicles respectively – and is converting 185 vehicles for UPS to CNG for deployment in Colorado.

McNeilus Shows Its Low-Profile BoC CNG

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

Designed for Natural Gas Trucks with Dump Bodies

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing unveiled an enhanced, high-capacity, low-profile back-of-cab fuel assembly for compressed natural gas vehicles at ACT Expo last week. The new array holds 92 diesel gallon equivalents.

“We’ve improved our newest back-of cab system, reducing overall weight and increasing capacity, all while maintaining the lower profile municipalities and construction vehicles with dump body configurations require,” McNeilus project engineer Lucas Crist said in a release.

The new CNG fuel cylinder array from McNeilus maintains the lower profile needed for dump body vehicles.

The new CNG fuel cylinder array from McNeilus maintains the lower profile needed for dump body vehicles.

The new design “provides customers with the benefit of all the needed capacity to get them through a full day’s work in a single module,” he said.

Far Fewer Connections & Components

Said to be “ideal for fleets with Class 7 and Class 8 trucks,” the new NGen assembly features a streamlined design with 50% fewer fitting connections and 25% fewer plumbing components than industry standard systems, the company says.

The system “offers customers exceptional value in innovation, performance, weight, fill time and durability, all backed by the industry’s best service and support network,” McNeilus says.

Upgrades included three of Luxfer’s new and lighter-weight Gen2 G-Stor Go Type IV cylinders, “optimizing the overall weight of the system and minimizing the height to meet low-clearance specifications,” McNeilus says. Each cylinder is fitted with a Luxfer G-Flo one-turn valve “that not only extends vehicle range by providing more usable gas at the required flow rate, but also significantly increases the filling flow rate.”

Dedicated PRD

A dedicated pressure-relief device system spans the full length of each cylinder and provides continuous heat protection.

McNeilus boasts more than 5,000 NGen brand CNG-equipped vehicles on the road. “We offer only fully tested and certified configurations that are backed by a national service network and an expert team to assist customers,” said Brad Nelson, Oshkosh senior VP and president of the commercial business segment at McNeilus.

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

Trilogy Offers New BoC CNG Assembly

August 21, 2015 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Increases Capacity to 120 DGE While Reducing Weight

Stow, Ohio-based Trilogy Engineered Solutions is promoting new, 120-diesel gallon equivalent back-of-cab assemblies for compressed natural gas fuel cylinders. updated August 26

Luxfer CNG Tanks for GAS Truck Upfits

March 3, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

G-Stor Pro Type IIIs for Some 200 Vehicles in 2014, More to Come

Luxfer is promoting use of its G-Stor Pro brand Type III compressed natural gas fuel cylinders by Green Alternative Systems in Elkhart, Ind. GAS is using the Luxfer tanks to convert a fleet of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp trucks to CNG operation.

Ten Hydrogen Buses for SARTA & SunLine

February 10, 2015 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FTA Has Awarded $18.7 Million for Fuel Cell Buses in Ohio and California:
ElDorado Bodies, BAE Drivelines, Luxfer Cylinders and Ballard Fuel Cells

The Federal Transit Administration has awarded nearly $8.88 million to SARTA, Ohio’s Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, and $9.8 million to Southern California’s SunLine Transit to each deploy five new hydrogen fuel cell buses.

Clean Energy for NGV Easy Bay

October 14, 2014 in CNG, event, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Low Cost Separation and Vapor Containment for NGV Facilities
And a Strong Showing for CNG Transit at APTA Expo in Houston

Clean Energy Fuels is introducing NGV Easy Bay as a low-cost way to sequester natural gas vehicles in existing maintenance facilities. The patent-pending product, is said to be “the first code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain designed for quick, cost-efficient installation and operation.”

Luxfer Branches Beyond CNG Tanks

May 2, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Goes to ACT Expo Diversified, But as a Bigger Cylinder Maker Too

Luxfer’s message for ACT Expo in Southern California next week? “We now make more than just cylinders,” says business development director Mark Lawday. But Luxfer goes to ACT Expo 2014 as a much larger CNG cylinder manufacturer too. The firm has three plants in North America now, one of which is for making a new line of Type IV all-composite CNG tanks.


Luxfer-GTM for New CNG Fuelers

April 27, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

 GTM1350-R Can Be Towed by a Pickup, G-Pak Carried on One

The Luxfer-GTM Technologies joint venture is getting ready for the first public display of new mobile fueling units for compressed natural gas. The GTM1350-R and G-Pak both employ aluminum-lined, G-Stor Pro brand Type III CNG cylinders from Luxfer, packaged and plumbed by San Francisco-based GTM in Tulsa.

Luxfer Acquires Utah’s Vexxel

March 25, 2014 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Buy Augments Luxfer’s Own Efforts for Type IV Cylinders,
Lightweight Tanks to Be Offered Primarily for Class 8 Trucks

Luxfer has acquired Utah’s Vexxel Composites, which manufactures Type IV all-composite compressed natural gas fuel cylinders. The buy broadens Luxfer’s product line beyond its well known aluminum lined Type III tanks, complementing its long-gestating efforts in Type IVs.

Luxfer CNG Tanks via GTM Technologies

August 19, 2013 in CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Type III Cylinders for Portable Modules Built in Tulsa

Luxfer and San Francisco-based GTM Technologies have formed a joint venture whereby Luxfer will supply Type III cylinders to be used in modules for transporting and storing compressed gases, with a decided focus on compressed natural gas, primarily for energy production customers.

Pizza for T. Boone and Bloomberg

February 21, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And for the Common Man Too, 100% CNG-Fueled

East Harlem-based Neapolitan Express Pizza has unveiled a pizza truck with not only the engine converted to compressed natural gas, but with a CNG-powered genset powering all of the kitchen equipment, including electric air conditioning and near 900-degree pizza oven.

Dina Reports a 50-Bus CNG Order

November 13, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mexico Intercity Buses Have ISL G Engines, Luxfer Tanks

Tepeapulco-based Dina Camiones reported an order for 50 of its CNG-fueled Linner G intercity-suburban route buses at NGV Global 2012 in Mexico City.

NatGasCar for MobilityWorks Minivans

October 13, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First CNG Rear-Entry Wheelchair Minivan with 600-Mile+ Range

Ohio’s MobilityWorks Commercial and NatGasCar are talking up America’s first rear-entry wheelchair minivan fueled by compressed natural gas, a bi-fuel CNG-gasoline Dodge Grand Caravan, model year 2013, dubbed “Eco-Taxi.”

Luxfer Closes Dynetek Acquisition

October 3, 2012 in CNG, Companies, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And, Luxfer Is Expanding at Riverside to Larger CNG Tanks

The UK’s Luxfer Group, parent of Luxfer Gas Cylinders, has given word that with “overwhelming” approval Dynetek Industries shareholders, Luxfer has closed on its acquisition of the financially beleaguered Canadian manufacturer of Type III compressed natural gas (and hydrogen) fuel cylinders (F&F, August 6).

Luxfer Parent Is Buying Canada’s Dynetek

August 6, 2012 in CNG, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Salford, England-based Luxfer Holdings said it’s moved to buy Calgary’s Dynetek Industries, and that “the Dynetek board of directors, led by executive chairman Douglas Pigot, has unanimously recommended that Dynetek shareholders approve the transaction.”

CNG Vehicles Mean Savings for DART

July 9, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hundreds of NABI Buses and Dozens of Diverse Shuttles

Dallas Area Rapid Transit expects to cut its fuel bills by 60% or even 65% through 2020 via a combination of hundreds of new CNG vehicles and an eight-year natural gas supply contract with the state.

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