Quantum Fuel Systems recently delivered several pre-production units of an advanced compressed natural gas fuel storage and delivery system to ZHRO Solutions, as part of a joint effort to develop a fully integrated CNG storage and fuel delivery system for aftermarket conversions of heavy-duty diesel fleets to run on natural gas.
The Quantum fuel systems are coupled with ZHRO's natural gas injection/engine conversion system and are being used as part of a pre-production test fleet at ZHRO. They will be used for both on-road testing on heavy duty trucks as well as bench testing.
The fuel system module being developed by Quantum includes its industry-leading high capacity ultra-lightweight Q-Lite CNG fuel storage tanks, the integration of all the fuel delivery components and the control software to operate the fuel system. In addition, Quantum is overseeing the development of the engine control software in order to operate the engine efficiently with ZHRO's fuel injection system.
ZHRO has developed an operating and marketing model to accelerate the commercial launch of their technology and has already contracted with a significant number of North American distributors for sales and installation of ZHRO's fuel injector/engine conversion system.
Under a strategic development agreement, Quantum and ZHRO are developing a cost-effective, complete natural gas aftermarket system solution for the nation's estimated 4 million medium- and heavy-duty trucks currently running on diesel fuel, enabling fleet operators to benefit from lower operating costs and a reduction in exhaust particulate matter and emissions made possible by a dedicated conversion to natural gas from diesel.