Issue: Feb 2017


Agility introduces Blue iQ to transform the transportation industry from diesel to natural gas



by Jon Knox

Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ, its newest natural gas fuel product, at the American Trucking Association's TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. Blue iQ uses proprietary technology developed through Agility's partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.

 

All fuel system manufacturers have access to on-board diagnostic data, but only Blue iQ takes it further by integrating with Cummins Connected Diagnostics™, INSITE™ service tool, and QuickServe® support to connect vehicles, drivers, managers, and technicians for real-time management, diagnostics, and service. In addition, Blue iQ is the only tool that has access to Cummins proprietary engine data. Its Smart Gauge dashboard has Vehicle Range Monitor to determine how far drivers can go with the gas on board, EcoMode to help avoid unplanned refueling at low fuel levels, and Limp Home Mode to get drivers safely out of traffic at extremely low fuel levels. There's even Cold Start Logic to ensure no downtime on cold mornings.

 

"The best path to a sustainable planet is to make sustainability good business," says Kathleen Ligocki, CEO, Agility Fuel Solutions. "Blue iQ allows natural gas vehicles to operate on a level playing field with diesel, but with lower fuel costs, quieter engines, and less emissions."

 

Moving toward natural gas vehicles is a modern-day imperative. The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates the largest contributor of carbon dioxide emissions is the transportation sector. Additionally, a recent MIT study found 200,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollutants, 53,000 of which are from transportation emissions.

 

Converting diesel fleets to natural gas vehicles has proven successful. Agility's largest refuse customer has found that for every diesel truck replaced with natural gas, greenhouse gases are reduced by 22 metric tons per year or a 21% reduction per truck. It also cuts nitrogen oxide by up to 50%.

 

Agility values its ongoing collaboration with Cummins and is proud to be the first fuel solutions provider to level the diesel-natural-gas playing field. Blue iQ sets another industry standard and exemplifies Agility's dedication to helping companies reduce costs while making the world a better place.

 

Agility Fuel Solutions is a leading provider of highly-engineered and cost-effective natural gas fuel systems and Type 4 cylinders for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. It has been manufacturing natural gas products for local, regional and long-haul applications for over 20 years, logging billions of miles on the road per year.

 

Connected Diagnostics, INSITE, and QuickServe are trademarks of Cummins Inc.



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