Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. (Irvine, Calif., USA), a provider of natural gas, hydrogen and hybrid electric vehicle technologies, on April 23 announced that it has received a new purchase order from a leading natural gas vehicle system integrator for supply of Quantum's ultra-lightweight, high-capacity carbon fiber composite compressed natural gas (CNG) storage tanks for long-haul trucks. The purchase order is valued at $857,000.
Natural gas-powered vehicles can be fueled for a third less than other vehicles, and emit less smog-forming nitrogen oxide and particulates. Quantum's composite tanks are said to be the lightest in the industry, requiring less structure for mounting support, thereby increasing payload and passenger capacity. In addition, Quantum's tanks maximize on board storage capacity resulting in greater driving range. Quantum has supplied more than 20,000 OEM-quality natural gas vehicle fuel systems to General Motors since 1997.
Alan Niedzwiecki, president and CEO of Quantum, says, "Broadening interest in the clean, domestic natural gas fuel is driving increased demand for our proven, industry-leading natural gas vehicle systems. Natural gas has clearly emerged as the fuel of choice for fleets, due to low prices and abundant local supply as a result of the remarkable speed and scale of shale gas development in this country."
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