Chicago Logistics Fleet Extends CNG Operating Range

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has engineered and installed a custom NGEN™ Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) system for over-the-road trucks owned by logistics company Gold Standard Transportation in Chicago, IL. The project included the addition of behind-the-cab vertical tanks that significantly increased fuel capacity and traveling distance between fuel stops.

“McNeilus has installed complete CNG systems on four of my trucks, and also provided a custom installation to add 19 DGE capacity on two others. The additional capacity eliminated the need for these trucks to require a fuel stop,” said Gino Fortuna, president of Gold Standard Transportation. “We’ve been running CNG since the Cummins 11.8 liter engine was introduced. I believe CNG is the future – primarily due to reduced fuel costs, cleaner running engines and extended longevity.”

The Gold Standard vertical tank installations were completed at McNeilus’ Chicago branch where certified technicians added 20 percent more fuel capacity for vehicles traveling to and from St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland and other locations in the Midwest. By integrating vertically mounted fuel tanks, the tractor-trailers are able to maintain the required swing clearance needed for operation.

“We engineered a custom solution to meet the unique requirements of Gold Standard Transportation – that’s an important component of our NGEN CNG systems initiatives,” said Brad Nelson, Oshkosh Corporation senior vice president and president of the commercial business segment. “Our NGEN CNG team works with customers big and small, and in a wide range of industries, to design, install and maintain CNG fleets.”

McNeilus has more than 5,000 NGEN CNG vehicles on the road from coast to coast.  NGEN CNG systems are installed on heavy-duty vehicles through the company’s national network of installation centers.