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Crazy Diamond Readies All-CNG Cruze

July 14, 2014 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Challenges Honda Civic Natural Gas as Dedicated CNG Sedan

Shelby Township, Mich.-based Crazy Diamond Performance is developing a dedicated-compressed natural gas Chevrolet Cruze fleet vehicle, challenging the OEM Honda Civic Natural Gas with more power and more cargo space.

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond hopes to bring a dedicated-CNG version of the Chevy Cruze to market this year.

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond hopes to bring a dedicated-CNG version of the Chevy Cruze to market this year.

“The 1.8-liter equipped CNG Cruze outputs 20 horsepower and 24 foot-pounds torque over its competitor, while maintaining nearly the same fuel economy,” Crazy Diamond president Kevin Fern says in a release.

“This vehicle represents a significant change in the status quo in the aftermarket natural gas vehicle industry,” Fern said, with “a significant powertrain warranty [and] 1.5 times the cargo volume of its nearest competitor.”

The Honda Civic Natural Gas (top) will handle your groceries, but the Crazy Diamond Performance Chevy Cruze will handle your luggage, CDP says.

The Honda Civic Natural Gas (top) will handle your groceries, but the Crazy Diamond Performance Chevy Cruze will handle your luggage, CDP says.

Worthington and GFI

The vehicle will have capacity for 8.6 gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG fuel in a Type III fuel cylinder from Worthington-SCI. Crazy Diamond is using a high pressure regulator and low profile valve from GFI, and has recalibrated the E-78 engine controller from GM.

“This will not be just a conversion, but a complete integrated system,” Fern told F&F. He said he expects to secure U.S. EPA certification no later than October and will be able to offer the CNG Cruze for $500 to $1,000 less than the Honda Civic Natural Gas.


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Source: Crazy Diamond Performance with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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