Venchurs Vehicle Systems will showcase its “stunning” Ford F-250 pickup converted for CNG-gasoline bi-fuel operation and proposed for search-and-rescue work at Yellowstone National Park at the NTEA Work Truck Show in early March in Indianapolis.
Parent Venchurs is a 28-year-old, minority-owned upfitter that entered the natural gas vehicles business last year, securing Ford QVM-Qualified Vehicle Modifier status and launching Venchurs Vehicle Systems at the Bobit Green Fleet conference in Texas in early October.
VVS upfit work is performed at a 135,000 square foot conversion facility in Adrian, Mich. There, the firm installs equipment certified by Arden, N.C.-based Altech-Eco, says Jason Boisher of VVS. The arrangement “is a new concept fro them, and it’s a new concept for us,” he told F&F.
The Yellowstone truck is powered by Ford’s 6.2-liter gaseous-prep engine. VVS is using Type IV all-composite compressed natural gas fuel cylinders from Lincoln Composites, and regulators from ITT Conoflow, Boisher says.
VVS partnered with tire supplier Michelin to build the bi-fuel search-and-rescue F-250 for the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Besides adding CNG capability, Venchurs upgraded the vehicle to handle the park’s extreme environments and conditions, with Michelin off-road tires, a roof-mounted light-bar with strobe lights, an on-board air compressor, front bumper guard, IPF driving lights, a Warn winch and a set of retractable side steps from AMP Research.
“It will allow Rangers access to the parks during heavy snow storms without polluting the fragile ecosystem,” Venchurs says, as “the VVS Alternative Fuel Control Module is rugged enough to handle any environment.”
“We understand that fleets need performance from their trucks and we’re prepared to offer that,” Venchurs CEO Jeff Wyatt said in a release.
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