Shipping of 2014 Model CNG Bi-Fuel Vehicles Expected Late This Year
Impco Automotive says it will add GM crew cab model pickups converted to compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel operation for 2014, with shipping of the DOEM (distributed OEM) vehicles commencing in the third and fourth quarters of this year. Orders are being taken now.
Impco’s proprietary CNG bi-fuel system will be installed at the company’s production facility in Union City, Ind. “GM and Impco have targeted ship to commerce notification for mid-2013,” the company says, “which will initiate Impco’s shipping of the crew cab trucks in the third and fourth quarters of 2013.”
Impco is a unit of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSYS).
“Orders for GM’s CNG existing conversions of 610 van and 911 pickups have exceeded 2,000 units in 2013,” FSSI automotive executive sales and marketing director Marco Seimandi said in a release.
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“The crew cab order is expected to increase volumes by 400 to 500 units in 2013,” Seimandi said.
Impco says it installs its single-tank bi-fuel CNG system “as an extension of GM’s manufacturing process… using GM’s OEM processes and standards.
“The entire gaseous fuel system adheres to GM’s strict quality, durability, and safety testing requirements to ensure a superior product. Once the fuel system is in place, GM delivers these trucks to a dealer or to an up-fitter for customer-ordered modifications.”
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