Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America & Agility unveil new CNG truck concept
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. unveiled its FUSO FE CNG concept truck developed with Agility® Fuel Solutions during the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California. This truck represents a working collaboration of both companies, potentially providing a more environmentally friendly work truck option for the U.S. and Canada. Further tests and market studies are underway to determine the next steps for this product, with a potential CNG aftermarket solution from Agility occurring by 2020.
The FE CNG will experience a 15- to 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and more substantial reductions in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide. The CNG system on the truck is certified to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) optional low NOx standard. Because CNG engines produce essentially no particulates, the aftertreatment system is a simple three-phase catalyst instead of the complex aftertreatment system found on all newer diesel trucks. The truck produces no smell or smoke and is also quieter than a diesel truck, ideal for urban operations.
On this new truck, Agility is providing a complete end-to-end CNG fuel system, including dual side-mounted CNG storage systems with 30 gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) capacity, an integrated regulator assembly and a fuel fill panel, and a CARB and EPA-certified low-NOx natural gas fuel system for the GM Powertrain V8 6.0L engine that is standard on all FE GAS trucks. The FE CNG is estimated to have a driving range of 190 miles.
The vehicle has been designed for easy integration into customers’ fleet operations. The CNG fuel system drives the OEM fuel gauge, providing the driver with a familiar fuel level between empty and full, rather than a pressure value. Because the CNG system does not significantly increase the weight of the truck, the overall payload capacity for the FE CNG is not greatly impacted, allowing operators to continue to deliver roughly the same amount of goods compared to other powertrain models.
“Using Agility’s experience in CNG will benefit our customers by enabling a reliable, integrated CNG-powered solution for our existing FUSO FE GAS truck models,” said Jasmin Kluge, project manager for alternative fuels project, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. “The additional benefit is its total cost-of-ownership advantage: lower fuel cost, less maintenance, less emissions and less noise, making this a win-win for truck fleets’ bottom line and environmental stewardship.”