COLUMBUS, OH (PRWEB) July 29, 2014
A propane autogas fuel tank that won’t waste cargo space in your vehicle is now approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and will soon be available in the United States. Developed by Worthington Industries, the new doughnut-shaped, or “toroidal,” propane autogas fuel tank fits in the spare-tire space of a car or pickup truck, and will be available to order in mid-August.
The tanks, manufactured at Worthington’s premier facility in Poland for nearly 20 years, have been popular throughout Europe, South America and Asia. Worthington saw the need for the convenient tire-sized tanks in North America as an alternative to their line of cylindrical tanks, and met the stringent ASME propane autogas fuel tank regulations to earn approval. ASME provides engineering and manufacturing regulations that hold products to quality and safety standards exceeding the requirements in Europe.
“We successfully met ASME’s rigorous materials, production, testing and design requirements for the North American market,” said Wayne Powers, general manager, Alternative Fuels for Worthington Industries. “Earning this certification and having the ability to deliver this high-quality product will benefit fleet owners interested in fuel conversion and provide them a design that maximizes cargo space by only utilizing the spare tire space of a vehicle.”
Varying in size and shape to fit a variety of vehicles, eight models of the fuel tanks are ASME-certified. The diversity of the tanks will provide an opportunity for most vehicles to convert to propane autogas, a clean-burning, domestically produced fuel that offers fleet managers an economical alternative to gasoline and other fuels.
Powers says the fuel tanks are ideal for a variety of vehicles with large capacity cargo needs, such as taxi fleets.
“The tank’s unique design is perfect for taxi fleets, and many others, which will now have the opportunity to switch to propane autogas when they previously couldn’t sacrifice the trunk space or cargo room,” said Powers.
The new fuel tanks will be in full production this fall, available for purchase in full container to minimum quantity orders. To contact Worthington or learn more about their propane autogas ASME-certified toroidal fuel tanks, visit worthingtoncylinders.com.
About Worthington Industries:
Worthington Industries is a leading diversified metals manufacturing company with 2014 fiscal year sales of $3.1 billion. The Columbus, Ohio based company is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured metal products, such as propane, oxygen, refrigerant and industrial cylinders, hand torches, camping cylinders, scuba tanks, compressed natural gas storage cylinders, industrial cryogenics tanks, helium balloon kits and exploration, recovery and production tanks for global energy markets; custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations for heavy mobile equipment; laser welded blanks; steel pallets and racks; and through joint ventures, suspension grid systems for concealed and lay-in panel ceilings, current and past model automotive service stampings and light gauge steel framing for commercial and residential construction. Worthington employs approximately 10,000 people and operates 79 facilities in 10 countries.