SAE International to develop standards for natural gas vehicles

  • 21-Dec-2013 07:49 EST
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The Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine is factory-built by Cummins and is used in a wide range of heavy-duty aplications

With forecasts that demand for natural gas as a transportation fuel will grow substantially over the next six years—reaching more than 2 billion ft³ per day by 2020—the SAE International Truck and Bus Council has launched an effort to develop relevant SAE standards. Today, most natural gas fuel consumption is concentrated in the heavy-duty trucking industry. “The use of natural gas as a transportation fuel is extremely important,” said Ron Eickelman, who is President of Agility Fuel Systems and a major player in the standardization effort. “All indicators point to an increase in the number of vehicles fueled by natural gas. To achieve universal levels of safety, reliability, and performance, there is no question that codes and improved standards are needed now.” Parties wishing to contribute to the SAE standards effort may contact Jana Wright at jwright@sae.org.

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