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.
“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.”
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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