Ozinga Energy tests emerging natural gas platform to run an F-150

Sources: Ingevity, North Charleston, S.C.; Ozinga Bros. Inc., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Ozinga Energy is delving deeper into diesel and gasoline alternatives to fuel light- to medium-duty trucks. Through a partnership with activated carbon processor Ingevity, the Ozinga Bros. entity is demonstrating a new natural gas fueling platform in a Ford F-150. 

Geared to light- or medium-duty vehicles, the adsorbed natural gas fuel platform presents low pressure tanks and simplified charging architecture compared to compressed natural gas alternatives engineered for mixers, dumps and other heavy-duty trucks.

In contrast to compressed natural gas (CNG), where Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete leads industry adopters with hundreds of CNG mixers across the Midwest, the adsorbed natural gas (ANG) system incorporates Ingevity's Nuchar activated carbon to significantly lower fuel tank pressure and reduce component complexity. A companion business, Adsorbed Natural Gas Products Inc., has tailored two horizontally stacked, low-pressure tanks for forward F-150 bed mounting.

Ozinga Energy has installed a dedicated fueling appliance at its south suburban Chicago headquarters to supply the F-150 and other test or outside customer vehicles running ANG power. The appliance is part of the company's flagship CNG fuel station which, along with four Illinois and Indiana satellites, serves the internal fleet and retail passenger or commercial vehicle customers. The new fuel platform especially suits pickup trucks, SUVs and service vans.

“ANG allows Ozinga Energy to further our commitment to green fleet technologies and benefit from additional fuel savings for our light-duty trucks,” says Ozinga Bros. Vice President of Fleet Management Jeff Bonnema. “We are interested in adding more ANG trucks to our fleet, as well as the potential for future alternative-fuel growth opportunities for our business.”

“We continue to focus on ANG pilot programs to develop a strong network of early-adopter fleets across the country,” adds Ingevity Executive Vice President Ed Woodcock. “Ozinga Energy is an important member of a growing portfolio of natural gas utility and commercial fleet owners seeking alternative fuel options for the underserved light-duty fleet market.”

 

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