Rush Enterprises Introduces Class 6-8 CNG Fuel System
Article credit to Denise Rondini at TruckingInfo.com
Rush Enterprises’ Momentum Fuel Technologies has introduced what it says is the industry’s first complete compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system solution for Class 6-8 trucks.
“The industry is ready for a complete CNG fuel system solution,” said W.M. ‘Rusty’ Rush, chairman, CEO and president of Rush Enterprises. “With Rush Truck Centers’ expertise in natural gas truck sales and service and an unsurpassed support network, we are well positioned to launch Momentum Fuel Technologies.”
The company plans to offer both side-mount and back-of-cab mount systems. Side-mount systems include a 40-diesel-gallon-equivalent system with a range of 176-220 miles and a 45-DGE system with a range of 198-248 miles.
The back-of-cab mount system Rush initially intends to offer will be 110 DGE with a range of 506-633 miles. It also expect to offer another back-of-cab mount system, 150 DGE with a range of 660-825 miles, in fall 2015.
Rush said while he does not see natural gas replacing diesel, there is still market for natural gas engine and “this market needs competition.” Rush says he has seen a change in the length of haul of his customers. “Typical length of haul used to be 1,200 miles. Now they are 500, and this plays into the rise of CNG.”
Mike Zimmerman, general manager of Momentum Fuel Technologies, says, “It was no easy task to start from nothing, but we used the voice of the customer to tell us how they wanted to have the fuel system designed.”