Momentum Fuel Technologies has introduced GreenLync 2.0 enhanced electronics communication system for its line of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system solutions for Class 6 to 8 trucks. The company also announced it has expanded its offerings to include a 40-gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) side-mount system for medium-duty trucks in its compressed CNG fuel system solutions.
Momentum says GreenLync 2.0 technology provides drivers with information they’ve never had before, focusing on driver confidence and providing a more diesel-like experience. Through collaboration with Cummins, the system is designed to reduce false occurrences of engine fault codes, and GreenLync 2.0 technology can integrate with telematics platforms to enable fleet managers to understand their vehicle performance and optimize fuel management. The GreenLync 2.0 driver message center displays the live fuel pressure reading, temperature-compensated fuel level and distance-to-empty.
“Customers told us they wanted a gauge that was more like they ones in their diesel vehicles,” says Mike Zimmerman, general manager, Momentum Fuel Technologies. GreenLync 2.0 technology calculates a number of factors to deliver a distance-to-empty reading to the driver message center, reducing range anxiety and giving drivers more confidence in the system. “Now, with the distance-to-empty information at their fingertips, drivers can have a diesel-like experience and an easier transition to CNG vehicles,” Zimmerman explains. Real-time fuel pressure and temperature-compensated fuel levels give drivers an even more detailed picture of their system’s performance to help maximize their efficiency.
If a vehicle is equipped with a factory-installed in-dash fuel gauge, GreenLync 2.0 will drive the gauge as well as its own driver message center. Momentum’s GreenLync 2.0 electronics package has been tested and verified for use on all U.S. truck OEM chassis makes/models with factory gauges and wiring, according to the company.
All Momentum CNG fuel systems are designed and built in collaboration with Cummins. Through this development work, Cummins’ diagnostic system can now recognize when a CNG fuel system is low on fuel, which helps to reduce false occurrences of engine faults codes. “In the past, you may have received a false ‘check engine’ light, which may have prompted you to take your vehicle in for service when all you needed was a fill-up,” Zimmerman says. “Now, the systems are more sophisticated, and the engines can recognize when you are low on fuel, helping eliminate those false alerts and preventing unnecessary expense and downtime of the vehicle.” All Momentum systems are able to integrate with Cummins Westport L9N, B6.7N and the new ISX12N.
GreenLync 2.0 technology can fully integrate with compatible telematics platforms, enabling drivers and fleet managers to be alerted of any need immediately, so maintenance or service can be completed before it becomes an issue, according to the company. Using telematics, drivers and fleet managers can also monitor their fuel levels and usage stats and optimize their fuel consumption.
CNG fuel system for medium-duty trucks
The medium-duty version’s advanced design includes the features, benefits and durability of the existing product line for heavy-duty trucks, but with a smaller diameter tank, allowing for optimal fuel storage on a lower-profile vehicle. Momentum’s new system can be installed on a variety of medium-duty truck platforms, according to the company.
“We are proud of our commitment to investing in green technologies,” says Zimmerman. “The expansion of Momentum’s product line to medium-duty allows us to support an even wider range of customers who choose CNG-powered vehicles.” The medium-duty system is currently in production and ready for delivery.
Grant funding for natural gas vehicles currently is available in several states, presenting a an opportunity for those seeking medium-duty CNG vehicles. “Customers in California, Texas and a number of other states can take advantage of the opportunities these grants provide, while benefiting from Momentum’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing,” he says.