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Worthington Pushes for Safer CNG Tanks

April 21, 2015 in CNG, NGVs, Safety, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGV Cylinders Built to Gas Transport Standards Increase Safety, Reduce Liability

By John Coursen
Product Line Manager, Alternative Fuel Cylinders
Worthington Industries (Special to Fleets & Fuels)

Like many in the natural gas vehicles industry, Worthington Industries is concerned about the increasing number of compressed natural gas cylinder rupture incidents. Such incidents raise obvious safety concerns, and as well, NGV fleet owners and manufacturers are exposed to significant liability risk, which might eventually threaten the growth and adoption of NGVs.

MMVTA Orders Its First CNG Buses

February 12, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eight Gillig Buses with Fueling as Part of Pennsylvania Transit Initiative

Pennsylvania’s Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority has ordered its first compressed natural gas buses. MMVTA is expecting deployment late this year or early next of the four 40- and four 35-foot vehicles from Gillig.

Worthington Buys 80% of dHybrid

October 20, 2014 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Assembly Outfit to ‘Enhance the Value of our Supply Chain Offering,’
Giving SCI/Worthington Type IIIs an Outlet in Heavy Duty Trucking

Worthington Industries has closed on its majority acquisition of dHybrid Systems, a Utah-based supplier of compressed natural gas fuel cylinder assemblies. Worthington will own 80% of the equity, “with the founder retaining 20% and continuing in a leadership role,” Worthington states in the acquisition announcement. updated October 21

Worthington Readies 26-Inch CNG Tanks

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

Production of Cylinders for Heavy NGVs to Begin This Summer,
Firm Will Also Show ASME-Approved Toroidal Tanks for Propane

Worthington Industries has prepared a new line of large-diameter Type III compressed natural gas cylinders for debut at the ACT Expo show next week in Long Beach, Calif. Worthington plans production of four standard cylinder types, with custom sizes of 26-inch tanks to 120 inches in length. The firm will also debut a line of toroidal fuel tanks for propane autogas.

More CNG Buses for San Diego

December 20, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contracts with Gillig and New Flyer Could be Worth $347 Million,
MTS Will Be Able to Retire Its Last Diesel and Establish BRT Routes

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System board has voted to buy as many as 350 CNG-fueled 40-foot low-floor buses by Gillig and up to 165 New Flyer 60-foot low-floor articulated CNG buses through 2017. “The total value of the contracts, if all options are exercised and future funding is available, is in excess of $343 million,” MTS said.

GM Starts CNG Pickup Production

November 12, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

2013 Bi-Fuel Trucks Built in Indiana, Upfitted by Impco There

Production of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel CNG pickup trucks is underway in Fort Wayne, Ind., General Motors said late last week, announcing that the vehicles are available for order by fleet and retail customers through Chevrolet and GMC dealers.

VPG Fixing PRDs on MV-1s

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

Valve Problem Prompts Recall of 2011 and 2012 Vehicles

The Vehicle Production Group is recalling 435 of its compressed natural gas-fueled MV-1 vehicles to install a secondary pressure relief device to prevent fuel leaks.

Frito-Lay CNG Trucks in Wisconsin

September 12, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trillium CNG for Fueling, More Stations as Fleet Expands

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay is adding 12 new long-haul CNG trucks to its fleet in Beloit, Wisc., to distribute product across the upper Midwest (Wisconsin, Illinois, and parts of Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota).

Long Beach Transit Opens CNG Garage

September 6, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five-Compressor ANGI Facility to Support 64 Gillig Buses

Southern California’s Long Beach Transit has opened a state-of-the-art maintenance and fueling center to support a fleet of 64, and eventually approximately 100, new compressed natural gas buses.

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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