Lancer Automotive in Salt Lake City for Upfits
Crazy Diamond Performance reports U.S. certification of its dedicated compressed natural gas systems for GM’s Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic compact sedans, making possible the first of a series of small and fuel efficient vehicles from the Shelby Township, Mich.-based company.
“Cost, low emissions and reduced fuel consumption is important for not only fleet owners, but to the general public as well,” CDP says.
“Soon to be available are the 1.8-liter and 1.4-liter Cruze and Sonic CNG retrofit systems,” CDP executive VP Michelle Fern said in a release. “These two vehicles represent a change in the status quo, with an OEM level integration of the fuel system and its components,” she said.
‘A Change in the Status Quo’
“These vehicles provide flexibility for fleets looking to purchase a domestic small mono-fuel passenger sedan,” CDP says. The firm offers CNG fuel capacity of 8.5 GGE/gasoline gallon equivalents for highway range of nearly 300 miles.
CDP uses Type III fuel cylinders from SCI/Worthington, says company president Kevin Fern, with a GFI regulator and tank valve. “Apart from the Bosch fuel injectors, we recalibrate the GM E-78 engine controller for CNG,” he told F&F.
CDP is working on a CNG system for GM pickups with the 6.0-liter engine, Fern adds, and has named Salt Lake City’s Lancer Automotive as an upfitter and distributor.
“We’re going to hit the ground rolling and get some unique and affordable vehicles out there,” he says.
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Source: Crazy Diamond Performance with Fleets & Fuels follow-up