Santa Ana, California – February 28, 2012 – IMPCO Automotive, a division of IMPCO Technologies, Inc., has been awarded Gaseous Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) Program member status by Ford Motor Company for its 75,000 square foot, state of the art, alternative fuel vehicle installation center in Union City, Indiana. IMPCO Technologies, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of proven, cost-effective alternative fuel components and systems for use in transportation and industrial applications, is a subsidiary of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.
“Achieving QVM status represents another significant milestone as we continue to solidify our leadership position within the automotive alternative fuel market,” said Rob Lykins, IMPCO Automotive’s Director of Sales & Marketing.
“We continue to expand our offering of systems that allow popular light-duty Ford commercial truck platforms to operate on clean burning, plentiful, domestic CNG,” said Jay Sandler, IMPCO Automotive’s Director of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) & Fleet Sales. “Our innovative fuel systems enable fleets and vehicle operators to significantly lower their operating costs and reduce emissions while contributing to national energy independence.”
“IMPCO Automotive is gaining industry recognition as the largest and most cost-effective supplier and installer of EPA and CARB certified under hood CNG components, as well as complete vehicle fuel systems. We also offer fleet customers and vehicle OEMs turnkey CNG and LPG system installations at our Union City plant, as well as via our network of Certified Installation Partners throughout North America”, said Sandler.
About Fuel Systems Solutions
Fuel Systems Solutions is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of proven, cost-effective alternative fuel components and systems for use in transportation and industrial applications. Fuel Systems’ 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. The Company is composed of two operating subsidiaries: IMPCO Technologies and BRC. IMPCO Technologies is a leader in the heavy duty, industrial, power generation and stationary engines sectors and recently established a U.S. Automotive division, IMPCO Automotive. BRC is a leader in the light duty and automobile alternative fuel sectors and has established alliances with several major automobile manufacturers for OEM projects. Additional information is available atwww.fuelsystemssolutions.com.
About IMPCO Automotive
IMPCO Automotive, a division of IMPCO Technologies, Inc., is a cost effective, designer, manufacturer, calibrator and installer of innovative bi-fuel and dedicated gaseous fuel systems (CNG/LPG), focused on the North American passenger car, and light and medium duty truck alternative fuels markets. IMPCO Automotive offers a “one-stop shop” for alternative fuels solutions for customers through their North American distributor network and their high volume, OEM conversion center in Union City, Indiana. Additional information is available at www.impcoautomotive.com
General Motors Co. will take orders next month for its new 2013 bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 heavy-duty pickups that can run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas, the automaker announced Monday.
The pickups, for which GM did not release a sticker price, will be available late this year to both fleet and retail customers.
They will complement compressed natural gas Chevrolet Express and GMC Savannah cargo vans GM offers to commercial customers, and give GM’s fleet customers another option, said Joyce Mattman, GM’s director of commercial product and specialty vehicles.
“We expect to see some pretty big size orders coming in on this one,” she said, though she declined to provide specific sales targets.
Some fleet operators have been converting vehicles to run on compressed natural gas because the energy source is fairly fixed in price and because it has less emissions. Conversion costs, though, can add as much as $20,000 to a vehicle’s price.
A gallon equivalent of compressed natural gas in January averaged $2.13 across the U.S., about a third less than the $3.37 average price for a gallon of gas, according to the federal government. The difference is even more pronounced today, with pump prices hovering just under $4 a gallon.
“That’s a significant amount of savings for our customers,” Mattman said.
She said fleet customers with CNG vehicles are saving between $6,000 and $10,500 in fuel costs in three years.
The bi-fuel trucks will seamlessly transition between compressed natural gas and gasoline fuel systems and combined offer drivers a range of more than 650 miles, said Mike Jones, product manager for GM’s fleet and commercial operations. The trucks, built with a 6-liter V8 engine to run on compressed natural gas, are powered by the natural gas until supply is depleted. Drivers can switch to gasoline at any time by activating a dashboard switch. “We’re extremely confident in the safety of this vehicle,” Jones said.
Still an issue is lack of stations where public and fleet customers can refill their tanks. While markets such as California and New York offer numerous stations, some states such as South Dakota don’t have any, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Last month, the EIA listed 976 CNG stations nationally, including 16 in Michigan. Not all of those are open to the public.
GM’s bi-fuel trucks are built in Fort Wayne, Ind., and sent to supplier IMPCO Automotive in Union City, Ind., which integrates the bi-fuel delivery and storage system.