Quantum Fuel Systems LLC, a provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) transport trailers and heavy-duty truck fuel storage systems, has announced its newest virtual pipeline product line extension, the VPLite45/40’.

The 40-foot trailer comes standard with 45 tanks, has a gaseous capacity of approximately 471,000 standard cubic feet (SCF) and weighs less than 57,000 pounds fully loaded. Customers can also customize the trailer configuration with fewer tanks based on project needs.

Available in the first quarter of 2020, the VPLite45/40’ will be certified for use in the U.S. and Canada, with worldwide availability to follow.

“We are very excited about our new product line, the VPLite45/40’,” says Mark Arold, president of Quantum Fuel Systems LLC. “For several years, we have been providing our customers with the VP45, which has 45 tanks in a 45-foot container, hauls 471,000 SCF of CNG, and stays below federal highway weight restrictions. It has been by far the most efficient in the industry in terms of gas capacity versus trailer length and yet still has the flexibility to carry up to 51 tanks, depending on the customer application.

“The VPLite45/40’ also carries 45 tanks and hauls 471,000 SCF of CNG, but now in a 40-foot container,” Arold continues. “It is optimal for those customers who only need 45 tanks (or less), in a smaller, lighter trailer that can be more easily maneuvered in tight areas while still hauling the most gas in the industry in a 40-foot container.”

The company outlines other features of the new trailer:

  • Simplified single manifold – easier fueling and defueling with step-by-step directions;
  • Increased maneuverability – shorter trailer and close-spread tandem axle make it easier to turn and drive in tight spaces; and
  • Increased durability – tandem axle has increased tire life and is easier on suspension components.

For the past three years, Quantum Fuel Systems has been delivering VPLite virtual pipeline trailers to customers throughout North America. The company now offers 10-, 20-, 40- and 45-foot lengths for natural gas compressed at 3,600 pounds per square inch (psi). Quantum also offers a 5,000 psi trailer option.

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