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AUGUST 2018 20 CompositesWorld This systems integrator enables CFRP pressure vessel growth in commercial vehicles by combining composites and alternative fuel systems expertise. ยป Agility Fuel Solutions (Costa Mesa, CA, US) has become a global leader in the manufacture of Type IV composite cylinders and alternative fuel systems in commercial vehicles. ese include Class 7 and 8 tractor- trailers, refuse collection trucks, transit buses and medium-duty trucks and buses. When combined with cars and light-duty vehicles, the global fleet totals 25 million vehicles. In the US alone, there are more than 175,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs, which also include liquid natural gas or LNG), with 50 manufacturers producing 100 models of vehicles and engines. ere's good reason for growth in CNG adoption. Natural gas can cost up to 60% less than gasoline and diesel fuel and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30-90%, so the market for these alternative fuel vehicles is significant. Agility's leadership position in this high-growth market reaches back to the 1963 founding of Brunswick Composites in Lincoln, NE, US, and around the world to the company's 50% stakeholder Hexagon Compos- ites (Aalesund, Norway). As Europe moves to ban diesel cars by 2040 and reduce vehicle emissions by 30% in 2030, composite pressure vessels Plant Tour: Agility Fuel Solutions, Salisbury, NC, US By Ginger Gardiner / Senior Editor

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