Mainstay Delivers CNG Fuel Systems to Support American Honda Operations
Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Virginia Transportation Corporation have completed and delivered thirty custom designed fuel systems for use in Virginia Transportation’s new fleet of CNG powered car haulers. The CNG-powered fleet will be used as part of a collaboration between Virginia Transportation and American Honda Motor Co. in Alabama. These environmentally friendly trucks will be dedicated to routes moving automobiles from Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama, factory to a new CSX rail facility.
Mainstay and Virginia Transportation worked closely with The Pete Store, Peterbilt, Cottrell and Fontaine Modification on this project to insure the system’s integration with the truck’s unique configuration. Mainstay engineered the fuel system utilizing a dual side-mounted alignment with two Type IV cylinders to meet the fleet’s range requirements.
Peterbilt lowered the cab and chassis of the 365 Daycab, and Fontaine Modification further reduced the height of the roof and installed Mainstay’s fuel system on the chassis within an envelope required for body installation. Cottrell completed the truck by adding the carrier body to the chassis.
“This challenging cutting edge project has been a learning experience for all involved,” said Leo Dorie, President and CEO of Virginia Transportation. “Virginia Transportation is honored to be next to Honda in this clean step leading to the future of auto hauling.”