Upfits by BRC in Trollhättan with Hexagon-Raufoss Cylinders
Ford Sweden is adding a CNG-gasoline bi-fuel Focus car to its line-up of “eco-cars,” enlisting BRC Sweden to convert the vehicles at Trollhättan, north of Gothenburg.
BRC is using Hexagon-Raufoss brand Type IV compressed natural gas cylinders from Norway. (Subsidiary Lincoln Composites manufactures Type IV CNG tanks in Nebraska.)
The Focus CNG has a 1.6-liter, 120-horsepower engine with a natural gas fuel system designed in collaboration with parent BRC in Italy.
Subaru Cars Too, by BRC Sweden
The CNG range of the new Focus model is 280 kilometers, or 174 miles. The gasoline tank is left in place, making for a total range in excess of 1,100 kilometers – about 685 miles.
The vehicle, designated Focus Trend 5d 1.6 CNG, is priced from 232,700 Swedish crowns, approximately $34,700 U.S. The base gasoline Focus is priced at 171,500 crowns, about $26,000.
BRC Sweden also converts Subaru vehicles to CNG (F&F, November 14, 2011), notably the Legacy and Outback models.
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Source: NGV Global, Ford Sweden release, Fleets & Fuels follow-up