California-based Agility Fuel Systems has entered into a seven-year agreement with Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, to be the truck manufacturer’s sole provider of natural gas fuel systems. Agility designs and produces natural gas fuel systems for heavy duty vehicles and under the agreement will provide custom designed products with the latest features and technological innovations.
Freightliner offers a variety of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions in a number of customizable configurations, and has worked with Agility Fuel Systems for more than 13 years. Together, the companies have developed factory engineered and installed natural gas solutions that contribute to performance, efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
“What drives both Freightliner and Agility is our shared vision of using innovation to deliver the best solutions to our customers,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “This partnership will help us evolve as the industry continues to embrace natural gas as a viable option.”
Agility recently announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Salisbury, N.C., which is in close proximity to the Freightliner manufacturing plants in Cleveland, N.C., and Mt. Holly, N.C., where the Freightliner Cascadia 113, M2 112 and 114SD natural gas trucks are produced. Expected to start production in late 2015, it North American industry’s first vertically integrated natural gas fuel system production facility, and the location will help contribute to best-in-class products, quality cost and lead times.
“We have been collaborating with Freightliner since 2002 and in 2009 we began the industry’s first on-line factory installation of our natural gas fuel systems. We have worked as partners ever since to drive natural gas adoption rates in the heavy duty trucking industry”, stated Barry Engle, Chief Executive Officer of Agility Fuel Systems.
A leading manufacturer of natural gas vehicles with more than 6,000 of its natural gas trucks on the road today, Freightliner’s commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG’s global “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative.