Quantum Natural Gas Tank Boasts Lighter Weight
February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide
introduced a new composite compressed natural gas tank targeting commercial natural gas fleets including refuse truck applications.
The new 400 Series CNG storage tank was designed incorporating feedback from Quantum's customers and has a diesel gallon equivalency of 26 gallons. The lightness of Quantum's composite tanks mean they require less structure for mounting support, thereby increasing available payload. In addition, the tanks maximize on-board storage capacity resulting in greater driving range.
"President Obama has proposed a credit equivalent of 50% of the extra cost of purchasing a natural gas-powered truck compared with one that runs on diesel or gasoline," says Alan P. Niedzwiecki, president and CEO of Quantum. "Such incentives make conversion to inexpensive, clean burning and US-produced natural gas fuel even more attractive due to high return on investment and short payback."
There are an estimated 140,000 refuse trucks on the road today. It has been reported that there has been a 1,300% increase in the number of natural gas powered refuse trucks in operation in the US since the '90s, according to Quantum.