ELKHART, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Green Alternative Systems (GAS) is using Luxfer's G-Stor™ Pro Type 3 carbon composite cylinders to convert a fleet of Freightliner work trucks to run on clean-burning, environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG). The vehicles will become part of the growing fleet of CNG-powered package delivery trucks deployed by a major transportation company.
Approximately 200 trucks were put into service in 2014, with additional conversions scheduled this year. Every truck uses two high-pressure Luxfer cylinders, each with a capacity of 1,976.8 cubic feet of natural gas compressed to 3,600 psi (248 bar). Consisting of a proprietary aluminum liner fully over-wrapped with aerospace-grade carbon fiber, each cylinder is 16 inches in diameter and 78 inches long. The cylinders are being manufactured at Luxfer's facility in Riverside, Calif.
"A primary reason we chose these Luxfer cylinders is that they're the lightest-weight Type 3 cylinders on the market-16 percent lighter than other cylinders we considered," said Mark Matijevich, GAS general manager. He explained that because of reduced weight, the transportation company should benefit from improved fuel economy, extended range and a reduction in vehicle maintenance costs because of less wear and tear on brakes, tires and suspension systems. "Luxfer was also the only company that offered cylinders with a 25-year service life, which was another factor in our decision," he added.
Armando Ramirez, Luxfer's sales manager for the alternative fuel market, noted that having the option to supply cylinders from two Luxfer manufacturing facilities-in Riverside, Calif., and Calgary, Canada-was an important "security of supply" consideration.
About Green Alternative Systems (GAS)
Established in 2006, Green Alternative Systems (www.greenalternativesystems.com) specializes in fleet conversions for the compressed natural gas and propane fuel market. The largest fleet-conversion company in North America, GAS has completed thousands of alternative fuel system installations. In addition to its headquarters facility in Indiana, the company currently operates three facilities in California; two in Florida; and six more in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and New York. Additional facilities are planned.
About Luxfer Gas Cylinders
An operating company of Luxfer Group (NYSE:LXFR), Luxfer Gas Cylinders is the world's largest manufacturer of high-pressure aluminum and composite cylinders, including both Type 3 and Type 4 cylinders for alternative fuels (for more information, visit www.luxferaf.com). The company also has a global presence in a broad range of other markets, including medical, firefighter and first-responder life support, specialty gas, beverage, fire extinguishers, aerospace, inflation, scuba diving and performance racing. Luxfer Gas Cylinders operates manufacturing facilities in the USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, China and India.
Luxfer Gas Cylinders
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