Irvine-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has launched a new composite compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system tank, aimed at the growing commercial service natural gas truck fleets, such as refuse and garbage trucks.
Designed by incorporating feedback from Quantum customers, the new 400 Series CNG storage tank is the lightest in the industry, while packing a diesel gallon equivalency rating of 26 gallons. Its lighter framework requires less structure and mounting support while increasing available payload and maximizing on-board storage capacity, resulting in higher driving range.
The tanks are easy to install and service, both for refuse trucks and other commercial fleet trucks. Quantum reports that there are an estimated 140,000 refuse trucks operating in the U.S. today, an increase of 1,300 percent since the 1990s.
"President Obama has proposed a credit equivalent of 50 percent of the extra cost of purchasing a natural gas-powered truck, compared with one that runs on diesel or gasoline," said Alan Niedzwiecki, Quantum’s president and CEO. "Such incentives make conversion to the inexpensive, clean-burning and U.S.-produced natural gas fuel even more attractive due to high return on investment and short payback. Quantum offers proven, class-leading products and technologies for natural gas truck fleets, including class 7-8 commercial trucks and refuse trucks."
Waste Management and Republic Services, two of the nation’s largest refuse management companies, are in the process of converting portions of their fleets to CNG, according to reports by Waste and Recycling News. Waste Management had installed 17 CNG fueling stations in operation throughout the country with another 30 planned as of August 2011, and Republic Services’ fleet included approximately 500 CNG-fueled refused trucks, with the goal of 800 CNG trucks by the end of 2012.
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