EPA Bin 3 Certification Reported at NGVs2013Atlanta,
Silver Eagle Distributing Places an Initial Order for 60
Utah’s AGA Systems and Houston’s Nat G CNG Solutions reported U.S. EPA certification of their bi-fuel compressed natural gas-gasoline system for GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox crossover vehicles with 2.4-liter direct injection engine. An initial operator is Silver Eagle Distributing, also of Houston – which is taking up to 100.
“When we were seeking a clean fuel solution for our new fleet of GMC Terrains, we turned to Nat G Solutions and AGA Systems to help us develop a system that would meet the needs of our marketing staff,” Silver Eagle senior VP Ed Pritchard says in the AGA-Nat G announcement.
“Silver Eagle has a long-standing commitment to cleaner fuels and is a leader in the use of natural gas in its fleet,” Pritchard said. The firm deployed trucks with DT 466 engines converted by the now-defunct ESI more than six years ago (F&F, May 7, 2007).
Passenger and Two-Tank Cargo Versions
Silver Eagle has placed an initial or for 60 Terrain vehicles, and is expect to order 40 more, Nat G CNG co-CEO Bob Lukefahr told F&F.
“We have developed both a passenger version of the GM crossover that seats five, and a cargo version that offers extended range and an enhanced cargo area,” Lukefahr says in the new vehicle announcement with AGA.
The bi-fuel CNG system can be installed on new and in-service 2013 and 2014 model Terrain and Chevy Equinox vehicles, the companies say. The modified crossovers boast a combined CNG and gasoline highway range of 775 miles for the passenger version and 837 miles for the cargo version (due to a second CNG fuel cylinder).
“The new system is rated at an impressive 31 mpg highway on CNG,” states the announcement.
‘Real Savings with a Smaller More Fuel Efficient Vehicle’
Access to a bi-fuel CNG vehicle has been historically reserved for the light- and medium-duty truck and SUV market, noted AGA VP Bryan Wilcox. “The Terrain and Equinox on the other hand are some of the best crossover offerings on the road today, and when equipped with CNG, provide an opportunity to see real savings with a smaller more fuel efficient vehicle,” he said.
The new upgrades are available through Nat G in Texas and Louisiana. The firms said that AGA expects to make the system available through its installer network in other parts of the U.S. early next year.
Tanks from Brazil’s MAT and Utah’s Optimum CT
Lukefahr also told F&F that the vehicles feature two Type I fuel cylinders manufactured by Brazil’s MAT and acquired through CNG Cylinders International for the cargo variant, for which the rear seat is removed. The passenger version of the new crossovers has a single Type III CNG tank from Utah’s Optimum Composite Technologies.
Nat G CNG also offers GMC Sierra pickups and Savana vans and cutaways, large Yukon SUVs, bi-fuel or dedicated-CNG, bi-fuel Isuzu NPR trucks, and Navistar International trucks with NGV Motori-repowered DT 466 engines.
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Source: AGA Systems and Nat G CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up