Agility Fuel Systems, a designer and producer of natural gas fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy-duty vehicles, and Cummins Inc., a provider of diesel and natural gas engines to the trucking industry, have announced a strategic partnership at the 2015 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Dallas.
According to the companies, the partnership is intended to improve the natural gas vehicle (NGV) user experience, as well as to drive adoption of natural gas as a vehicle fuel for the heavy-duty truck and bus markets.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cummins also will invest an undisclosed amount in Agility Fuel Systems' equity.
The partnership includes technology development and integration of software and hardware between the natural gas engine and the onboard fuel storage and delivery system in order to improve performance and uptime, the companies say.
Additionally, Agility and Cummins say they will integrate their sales and aftermarket support and distribution networks to further enhance the end-user experience. Customers will soon be able to have service performed and obtain replacement parts for their natural-gas-powered equipment at authorized Cummins distributor and OEM truck dealer locations in the U.S. and Canada.
‘Our goal has always been to deliver a diesel-like experience to the end user, making natural-gas-powered vehicles as easy to operate and service as diesel vehicles,” says Barry Engle, CEO of Agility. “This partnership with Cummins is a key enabler. By co-developing differentiated and improved natural gas solutions, and utilizing the breadth of Cummins service network, we believe we can accelerate the adoption of natural gas as a fuel for more vehicles, including heavy duty trucks.”
‘Cummins and Agility are committed to bringing an enhanced experience to customers across North America,’ adds Roe East, general manager of Cummins' on-highway natural gas business. ‘We are excited to partner with Agility, and leverage our strengths and expertise to provide even more value to our natural gas customers.’