Battery and NGV Groups Display ‘NGHV’ Ram 1500 Pickup
An unusual pairing of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium and a group of natural gas vehicle advocates displayed an NGHV Ram 1500 pickup at ACT Expo 2014, with NHHV standing for natural gas hybrid-electric start-stop vehicle.
“NGHV technology will give fleets cost-effective, easy-to-implement, safe and environmentally-beneficial alternatives to conventionally-designed gasoline/diesel engine vehicles,” ALABC and its NGHV partners say.
Their idea is to pair CNG and off-the-shelf start-stop hybrid-electric technology using advanced lead-carbon batteries. “By bringing compressed natural gas and hybrid-electric technologies together in a single vehicle, reduced fuel consumption and decreased emissions can be achieved at minimal cost,” states a release.
NatGasCar for the Bi-Fuel CNG Installation
The Chrysler Ram 1500 HFE has a factory-installed start-stop system – known sometimes as a “mild” hybrid. Bi-fuel CNG-gasoline equipment for the ACT Expo vehicle was installed by Ohio’s NatGasCar.
ALABC partners include Southern California Gas Company and AGL Resources (Atlanta Gas Light) on the NGV side, with ALABC members RSR Quemetco and East Penn Manufacturing on the lead acid side. East Penn supplied the truck’s 12-volt advanced lead-carbon battery.
The team claims
- immediate reduction in fuel consumption and GHG emissions of up to 5%;
- a design “intended to compensate part of the range reduction specific to natural gas;”
- improved sustainability as lead-carbon batteries are recyclable at a rate of 98% – “no other battery chemistry recycles or comes close to this recycling rate;”
- affordability using with off-the-shelf equipment and technology; and
- full domestic sourcing of components and fuel.
The vehicle is to be tested as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies program by Phoenix-based ALABC member Electric Applications, Inc.
“Later this year,” ALABC says, “the NGHV project will enter its second phase, in which a fully-engineered vehicle of the same concept will be upfitted with other proven technologies to achieve even greater fuel economy and emission reductions.”
ALABC, SoCalGas, East Penn, RSR and AGL Resources are all to test the vehicle in their fleets, the battery association says.
ALABC was founded in 1992 as a program of ILZRO, the International Lead Zinc Research Organization.
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Source: ALABC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up