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Quantum, Agility help dairy trucks run cleaner

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc (Nasdaq: QTWW) has received a $434,000 contract for high-capacity natural gas on-board storage tanks from Agility Fuel Systems for use in Class 8 renewable natural gas-powered dairy trucks.

Agility will install the tanks on Kenworth T800 Class 8 trucks for operation by dairy farm operators, who will use waste from their cows that generates sustainable methane fuel in an anaerobic digester to create truck fuel. The switch to compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG) reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 23% compared with conventional 2010 diesel-powered models. Since CNG engines do not require particulate traps and SCR systems to meet emissions, the cost and maintenance of these systems is eliminated. Because the fuel is being created by the cows themselves, dairy farm operators will have a substantial operating cost reduction beyond the 30% achieved by typical fleets.

“We are pleased to partner with Agility to showcase the effective utilization of renewable natural gas (RNG) for sustainable transportation,” said Alan P Niedzwiecki, Quantum’s president and chief executive officer. “Quantum’s polymer-lined ultra-light-weight carbon fiber tanks provide the necessary corrosion-resistance and robustness for this application.”

Quantum’s ultra-lightweight carbon composite CNG storage system lets Class 7–8 heavy-duty trucks support typical fleet applications while reducing operating costs more than 30% versus diesel fuel. Since natural gas costs at about $2/gallon equivalent and gasoline/diesel near $4/gallon, fleets can save 30% of operating costs by just changing their fuel.

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