Agility Fuel Systems will now serve as the sole provider of natural gas fuel systems to Freightliner Trucks. The seven-year agreement will provide custom designed products with the latest features and technological innovations.
Based in Santa Ana, Calif., Agility designs and produces natural gas fuel systems for heavy-duty vehicles. The manufacturer offers a variety of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions in a number of customizable configurations.
Freightliner 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 near 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 is 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”, said Barry Engle, CEO of Agility Fuel Systems, “We are thrilled by the signing of this long-term agreement and to be able to serve the Freightliner plants and dealers from our world class facility in Salisbury, North Carolina.”
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. Launched in 2007, the initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption through the utilization of clean, efficient drive systems, including clean diesel and alternative fuels.