North American natural gas fuel systems manufacturer IMPCO Automotive, a division of IMPCO Technologies, Inc. and a subsidiary of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc., was awarded General Motors’ bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Cab Chassis 3 years program for MY2016, 17 and 18. The new Cab Chassis program expands IMPCO Automotive’s existing OEM working class vehicle programs for GM, which include Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD pickups with multiple Cab and bed configurations, and dedicated CNG full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans.
IMPCO adds the Cab Chassis award to existing OEM contracts and Ford QVM and Isuzu ship through programs. As an extension of GM’s manufacturing process, the company installs the CNG fuel systems using OEM processes and standards. All of the CNG fuel systems are warranted and validated by General Motors.
The Cab Chassis configuration is a proven work truck for fleets. The bi-fuel vehicle enables fleet operators to reduce emissions using CNG, which burns cleaner and costs less than gasoline. The 24.5 gallon CNG tank in addition to the 23.5 gallon gasoline tank on the Silverado 3500HD provides fueling flexibility and optimal range between fill-ups.
OEM conversion of the vehicles will be done at IMPCO Automotive’s manufacturing facility in Union City, Indiana, with ship to commerce (STC) approval from General Motors (GM) expected to coincide with the gasoline vehicle’s release for MY2016.
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Just last week, Ford commenced production of the CNG/LPG-prepped F-150, expanding its fleet of CNG-capable vehicles. The factory prep package makes the vehicle run on gaseous-fuel and contains hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and rings — allowing the truck to operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems. But once the truck leaves the factory with the $315 CNG/LPG prep package, it can’t run on the alternative fuel just yet.
Instead, the vehicle then needs to visit what The Blue Oval calls a Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), which then equips it with fuel tanks, fuel lines, and unique fuel injectors. The modification usually runs somewhere in the vicinity of $6,000 to $9,500, depending on fuel tank capacity. But what, exactly, is involved in Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifiers program, and what’s the benefit to the customer?
In a news release, Ford stated that it has “established a rigorous qualification program for alternative-fuel vehicle modifiers”, with the program being intended “to help modifiers achieve greater levels of customer satisfaction and product acceptance through the manufacture of high-quality vehicles.”
The are also several warranty-related items that are worth noting: that since a QVM equips a vehicle to store and deliver the CNG/LPG to the Ford powertrain, it is responsible for the CNG/LPG system component warranty. Meanwhile, Ford maintains the engine and powertrain limited warranty of five years or 60,000 miles.
Anaheim, CA —Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA), distributor of America’s best-selling low-cab-forward trucks, announced today a new process that will enable Isuzu dealers to more quickly convert or modify gasoline-powered NPR-HD (14,500-lb. GVWR) trucks for their customers.
When placing orders for new trucks, Isuzu dealers can select a ship-thru option to indicate that they have arranged to have the trucks modified at one of two independent modification centers near the trucks’ Charlotte, Michigan assembly plant. Following the modification, the center will return the trucks to ICTA, which will then transport them to the dealers that ordered the units. This new process will eliminate unnecessary dealer-incurred transportation expenses and will shorten the amount of time necessary to obtain alternative fuel conversions and certain other types of other modifications.
ICTA made the announcement at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California.
Utilimaster, Inc., offers CNG/LPG alternative fuel conversions and other modifications for Isuzu trucks to dealers and customers at a modification facility located on the Spartan Motors, Inc., campus in Charlotte, Michigan. IMPCO Technologies, Inc., offers CNG alternative fuel conversions at the IMPCO modification facility in Union City, Indiana.
“This ship-thru option simplifies the movement of a completed truck from the Charlotte port to a near-plant modification center and finally back into the Isuzu logistics flow.” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “This can provide substantial cost savings for our dealers that require truck modifications not offered by Isuzu.”
Isuzu Motors Limited is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Since building its first truck in 1918, Isuzu has sold over 26 million trucks worldwide. Among its innovations are the first air-cooled diesel engine in 1936, the first two-ton low-cab-forward truck in 1959, and the first direct-injection diesel engine.
Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States. Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low-cab-forward trucks in America every year since 1986. For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit www.isuzucv.com.
About Spartan Motors
Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR; www.spartanmotors.com), designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles and truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the RV, emergency-rescue, defense, delivery and service markets. The company’s brand names—SpartanTM, Crimson FireTM, Crimson Fire AerialsTM, Road RescueTM and Utilimaster®—are known for quality, value, service and being the first to market with innovative products. The company employs approximately 1,600 people at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Indiana and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $430 million in 2009 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.
About IMPCO Automotive
IMPCO Technologies is a global leader in the heavy duty, industrial, power generation and stationary engines sectors. IMPCO’s components and systems control the pressure and flow of gaseous alternative fuels, such as propane and natural gas, used in internal combustion engines. These components and systems feature the Company’s advanced fuel system technologies, which improve efficiency, enhance power output and reduce emissions by electronically sensing and regulating the proper proportion of fuel and air required by the internal combustion engine. In addition to the components and systems, the Company provides engineering and systems integration services to address unique customer requirements for performance, durability and configuration.
IMPCO Readies LPG Ford F150 Pickup
Bi-Fuel Truck to Use Newly Available V-8 Engine
Impco Automotive vows to be the first to market with a half-ton pick-up fueled by propane autogas, as it will begin taking orders this summer for Ford F-150 pickups powered by the newly available 5.0-liter gaseous-prep V-8 engine. Ford announced availability of the hardened version of the engine at ACT Expo 2015 last month in Dallas (F&F, May 4).
The gaseous-prep engine allows Qualified Vehicle Modifiers like Impco to offer the popular F-150, LPG/propane-powered on a ship-thru basis with full Ford warranty.
Sequential Vapor Injection and a Conformable Fuel Tank
“The market has been asking for an OEM-supported, LPG-capable half-ton truck,” says Impco sales and marketing director Jeff Hall.
“Our systems will allow F-150 operators to achieve the desired ROI of alternative fuels with the assurance of customer support and service through Ford dealerships.”
The Impco propane autogas system uses proprietary sequential vapor fuel injection technology.
All Cab Configurations
Impco will offer an innovative conformable aluminum tank to allow a lower profile in the bed while maximizing fuel capacity. “The option will allow fleet users to put a standard tool box in their bed above the tank,” the company says, “while still carrying 30-plus gallons of propane.” The OEM gasoline tank is left intact. Impco’s new propane-fueled truck will be available with all F-150 cab configurations.
The propane autogas-fueled Impco F-150 will be U.S. EPA-certified with California approval to follow, Hall toldF&F, “if the business case is there.”
Impco is also moving ahead with a California-certified bi-fuel cargo/passenger van on a GM chassis. Stay Tuned!
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Tour IMPCO Automotive Facility
North America’s Largest CNG/Propane upfitter of bi-fuel and dedicated fuel vehicles. Their systems are designed and manufactured by IMPCO Automotive’s engineering and production team with extensive OEM experience.
May 19, 2015 10:30a – 1:30p EST
1274 S. State Road 32, Union City Indiana
Very Limited Seating for Fleet Professionals Only
IMPCO Automotive is General Motor’s OEM for the Silverado/Sierra truck and Express/Savanna vans, as well as a leading aftermarket up-fitter to General Motors, and Ford Motor Co., for trucks, vans, cutaways, Thomas Built Buses, Isuzu Trucks and more, with all work performed at their state of the art assembly plant.
Attendees will receive a tour of the facility and watch the installation of compressed natural gas and/or propane vehicle fuel systems.
10:30am ET Welcome; History and Overview of IMPCO Automotive – Jeff Hall
Learn why IMPCO is a trusted Q.V.M. and after-market up-fitter to fleets
across the United States.
11:00am Plant Tour – IMPCO Automotive
12:00pm Lunch Presentation: CNG/LPG Options and Opportunities: What a fleet
manager should know when considering these vehicles and fueling
infrastructure for their fleet- Kellie Walsh
Greene’s Automotive and Truck Service and Greater Indiana will provide a ride to the IMPCO Facility from downtown Indianapolis.
Please contact Rob Walsh at email@example.com so we know if we have any interest, or to much interest. (limited seating)
The Natural Gas powered 12 passenger van will leave at 8:30am sharp.