California-Approved Chrysler Van with 3.6-Liter Engine
World CNG is unveiling its California Air Resources Board-certified Chrysler Ram Promaster van with 3.6-liter Pentastar engine at ACT Expo. The dedicated-compressed natural gas conversion features direct reprogramming of the factory engine control unit, simplifying the conversion process as no extra ECU is needed.
“The Promaster is an ideal application of our technology, and it fills a big gap in the cargo and passenger van market,” World CNG president Garret Alpers said in a release. The vehicle has the same engine “which has already been proven reliable in livery minivan fleets, many of which are approaching 100,000 miles.”
The Promaster, Alpers said, is “a unique vehicle due to its front wheel drive configuration, cargo/payload capacity, industry leading low 17-inch entry height, extended wheel base and high-roof options, and fuel efficiency.
‘Proprietary Reflash of the Factory Vehicle Computer’
“Our seamlessly integrated engine system with proprietary reflash of the factory vehicle computer maintains every ounce of the gasoline vehicle’s 280-horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque,” Alpers said.
The World CNG conversion for the Promaster with the Pentastar 3.6 liter engine is offered in a dedicated CNG model with multiple tank configurations up to 32 GGE/gasoline gallon equivalents and 400 miles of range. World CNG says it has already developed tank configurations with leading Promaster upfitters for commercial cargo/work vans and commercial transportation applications.
The CARB certification covers all Ram Promaster models with the 3.6-liter engine. World CNG is showing a 159-inch extended wheelbase, high-roof, Promaster 3500 cargo van at ACT Expo.
ACT Expo Is SOON
World CNG notes that the current manufacturer factory order cut-off for the 2014 Ram Promaster is June 13. The dedicated-CNG 2014 vehicle will be followed by a 2015 certification, the company says.
ACT Expo – North America’s largest clean vehicles event – takes place May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. It is co-located with NGV Global 2014, the world natural gas vehicles meeting.
The Alternative Clean Technology Expo & Conference is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
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