Quantum launches collar-mounted composite CNG tanks

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has launched the QLite line of composite compressed natural gas storage tanks that can be collar-mounted for back-of-cab systems.

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Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. (Lake Forest, Calif., USA), a manufacturer of natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologies, announced on Dec. 16 that it has launched a new line of Q­Lite composite compressed natural gas (CNG) storage tanks that can be collar-mounted for back-­of-­cab systems and side rail-mounted systems. These storage solutions complement Quantum's existing family of strap-mounted tank systems. Quantum has received an initial order for the new collar-mounted tanks and anticipates initial shipments to begin near the end of this month for a high-volume CNG integrator.

The first application of Quantum's new collar-mount product line is associated with a 21-inch-diameter by 80-inch-long tank (86 inches overall length with collar neck) that stores 28.4 DGE (diesel gallon equivalent). Other sizes will soon be available with collar-mount versions, including Quantum's industry leading 25-inch-diameter tanks in a variety of lengths. The tanks are a varient of Quantum's standard strap-mount design, except the end bosses have been extended to allow for collar mounting. This is said to maximize commonality in manufacturing to provide the high customer value.

The Q­Lite technology has set standards for the optimization of carbon fiber, yielding the lightest tank in the industry. Quantum's tanks also provide the greatest fuel capacity in a given volume. These capabilities are incorporated in Quantum's product line of collar-mounted tanks.