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CNG Fuel System Enhancements at TMC

February 27, 2017 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Momentum and Agility Tout Engine Compatibility
At ATA’s Annual Transportation Technology Expo

Agility Fuel Solutions and the Momentum Fuel Technologies unit of Rush Enterprises are emphasizing telematics compatibility for their natural gas vehicle fuel systems at the American Trucking Association’s TMC annual meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville this week.

TMC is ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council.

Momentum and Agility are promoting enhanced compatibility with Cummins Westport’s ISX12 G and ISL G dedicated-natural gas engines.

Both Agility and Momentum are promoting systems that are compatible with the latest natural gas engines from Cummins Westport.

Agility’s ‘BlueiQ’

Agility has introduced a product called “BlueiQ” it says was “developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.”

Blue iQ is integrated with Cummins Connected Diagnostics, Insite, service tool, and QuickServe support “to connect vehicles, drivers, managers, and technicians for real-time management, diagnostics, and service,” Agility says, stating further that Blue iQ is the only tool that has access to Cummins proprietary engine data.

“Blue iQ allows natural gas vehicles to operate on a level playing field with diesel, but with lower fuel costs, quieter engines, and less emissions,” Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki says in today’s release.

‘Already Compliant,’ Says Momentum

Momentum says that its line of its line of compressed natural gas fuel systems for Class 6 to Class 8 trucks are already compliant with software requirements expected in 2018 (OBD2018) and are “able to integrate with Cummins ISL-G and ISX12G.

All Momentum fuel systems are also fully integrated with Rush Truck Centers’ telematics platform,” Momentum says.

“Since our company began in 2015, Momentum’s CNG fuel systems have been utilizing the most advanced technologies and communication systems in CNG-powered vehicles,” said Momentum GM Mike Zimmerman. “Momentum was the first CNG system manufacturer to integrate the [SAE] J1939 communication system which connects a truck’s fuel system, fuel management module and engine.

New 175-DGE Array

“In keeping with that approach, our integrated electronics communications system is already compliant with expected software requirement improvements,” he said.

‘A Major Benefit’

Momentum also took the occasion of the TMC meeting in Nashville to unveil 175-DGE/diesel gallon equivalent bac-of-cab CNG fuel cylinder assembly for trucks.

“The larger capacity tank gives drivers even more time between fill-ups,” Zimmerman said.

“This is a major benefit for all drivers, but especially for over-the-road carriers putting in extensive miles.”

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Source: Agility & Momentum at TMC with F&F follow-up

APG’s DF via Rush and Momentum Fuel

November 8, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Initial Agreement Is for Dual Fuel Installations in 14 States

Dual fuel conversion of heavy duty trucks to natural gas-diesel operation with American Power Group gear will be available from Rush Truck Centers and Momentum Fuel Technologies in 14 states, APG said yesterday.

Clean Energy LNG for Raven Transport

March 31, 2015 in Fleet Order, Infrastructure, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Rush Units Supply and Outfit 115 Peterbilt 579s for LNG Operation

Clean Energy Fuels said today that its longtime customer Raven Transport is adding 115 liquefied natural gas-fueled Peterbilt Model 579 sleeper tractors to its fleet “to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company.” Clean Energy will support the Raven fleet by opening four new truck-friendly LNG fueling stations. updated April 1

Rush Pulls Out the Stops on Natural Gas

November 26, 2014 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ten Rush Truck Centers Have Service Bays for CNG and LNG,
President Rusty Rush Shares His Thoughts with Fleets & Fuels

Rush Enterprises, which boasts the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States, representing such truck and bus manufacturers as Peterbilt, Navistar International, Hino, Isuzu, Ford, IC Bus and Blue Bird, is making a firm commitment to natural gas fuel.

Recent announcements include two bays dedicated to natural gas vehicle service at the relocated Rush Truck Center in Orlando, and a dedicated NGV service area at the firm’s expanded facility in Abilene, Texas.

Rush handles CNG and LNG trucks at a growing number of service centers, including Phoenix.

Rush handles CNG and LNG trucks at a growing number of service centers, including Phoenix.

“We are committed to supporting our customers who choose to run natural gas vehicles,” says W.M. “Rusty” Rush, chairman, CEO and president of the 100-plus dealership network.

First Dedicated NGV Facility, in Houston

Early in 2015, he says, Rush will open its first dedicated state-of-the-art natural gas facility, investing more than $700,000 at the Rush Truck Center in Houston. Services will include fuel tank inspections.

“Since 2005,” Rush says, “our alternative fuel sales specialists have sold more than 3,380 units, with 46% of those sold in the past two years, so we see popularity increasing.

“We anticipate that by 2017, 8% to 10% of industry sales will be natural gas vehicles,” he told F&F.

More Than 120 Certified NGV Technicians

The firm offers NGV service at ten locations: in Orlando and in Ardmore, Okla.; in Atlanta; at Abilene, Corpus Christi, Laredo and Lufkin in Texas; Phoenix and Yuma, Ariz.; and in Whittier, Calif. Rush has more than 120 Peterbilt and Cummins factory-trained and certified NGV technicians.

“We have also evaluated an additional 44 locations across the network,” Rush says, In addition to Houston, Rush is developing natural gas capabilities in Dallas and San Antonio; Nashville; Jacksonville; Denver; Charlotte; Oklahoma City and Fontana, Calif., all by late 2015.

NGV for All New Facilities

“We have used several different approaches to equip our dealerships for natural gas service, with investments ranging between $50,000 to upwards of $200,000 per facility,” Rush says.

And perhaps most important: “We are including dedicated natural gas service infrastructure in all new facility construction.”

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Source: Rush Enterprises with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Dillon Fielding Ten More LNG Peterbilts

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Dillon Transport is placing ten more LNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors in Owens Corning service, this time in Lodi, Ohio (west of Akron) and is looking at 20 more natiral gas trucks for Tampa, possibly to be fueled by CNG.

Dillon Transport is placing ten more LNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors in Owens Corning service, this time in Lodi, Ohio (west of Akron) and is looking at 20 more natiral gas trucks for Tampa, possibly to be fueled by CNG.

Chicago-based Dillon Transport has taken delivery of ten more liquefied natural gas-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors and will place them in service for Owens Corning in Lodi, Ohio next month.

Dillon earlier this year deployed 14 LNG Peterbilt 384s, with partner Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE), for hauling raw materials to an Owens Corning shingle production plant in Irving, Texas.

The Ohio trucks are identical, says Dillon marketing and business development manager Phil Crofts: spec’d via Rush Truck Centers in Los Angeles and upfitted for LNG in Irving, Texas, they have 8.9-liter ISL G engines by Cummins Westport and liquefied natural gas tank assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems using a single HLNG-150 fuel tank by Chart (F&F, March 28).

CNG for Tampa?

“They will be working hard,” Crofts says. “The formula is to put as many miles as we can on them to get the payback on fuel.”

For Clean Energy, the formula is to enlist big-name companies like Owens Corning to get logistical providers like Dillon to use natural gas.

Dillon’s next natural gas deployment is likely to be 20 trucks for Tampa. There, however, the firm may opt for compressed natural gas, Crofts told F&F.

Dillon’s fleet of some 280 tractors and more than 400 trailers serves 25 states and Canada.

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