Former World CNG Has New Identity & Premium Gameplan,
Has Delivered the First of 50 All-CNG Dodge Promaster Vans
WorldNGV Technologies – the former World CNG – is roaring out of the gate with the expected delivery this month of 50 dedicated-compressed natural gas Dodge Promaster vans for Southern California’s Fastech.
WorldNGV is executing a strategy of catering to fleets with such high performance demands as ’round-the-clock usage, extreme weather operation, or heavy payloads.
Other performance demand customers include Washington State’s Potelco, with a fleet of liquefied natural gas utility trucks (including first-of-a-kind LNG-fueled Ford F-550s), and MGM Resorts International, which operates a growing fleet of dedicated-compressed natural gas custom stretch Cadillac XTS limousines 24/7 in the Las Vegas desert (F&F, April 13).
Customer Sees ‘Competitive Edge’
The Promaster vans for Fastech have 3.6-liter engines engineered for high CNG mileage – 14 miles per gasoline gallon equivalent city and 24 highway. They are expected to be the first Chrysler-platform NGVs certified by the California Air Resources Board – as SULEVs, which would allow diamond/HOV lane access, says WorldNGV president and CEO Garret Alpers.
“We’ve delivered 24 and will have delivered 50 by June 12,” he says.
Fastech has opted for two CNG tanks holding 22 GGEs, Alpers adds, although the standard package is three tanks for 33 GGEs.
The CNG vans “will provide our organization with a competitive edge by reducing our operating expenses largely due to the high mpg and lower cost of fuel,” says Fastech’s Tim Caldwell. Fastech provides natural gas fueling station construction services.
Hexagon Lincoln for CNG Tanks
WorldNGV is using Type IV CNG tanks from Hexagon Lincoln for the Fastech vehicles, and in fact has committed to using Hexagon Lincoln tanks exclusively, Alpers told F&F. Other suppliers include Impco Canada/GFI for regulators and Bosch for injectors. Taylor-Wharton supplies LNG tanks.
WorldNGV has a team of about half a dozen people – counting Alpers – working on upfit calibration and certifications. Development is done in cooperation with Livernois Motorsports outside Detroit.
Upfits in Seattle, Chicago, and Las Vegas
“Our engine calibration and certification group is a team of about half a dozen World CNG employees who are focused exclusively on engine systems,” Alpers says. “Since most EPA and CARB approved emissions testing facilities are located in the Detroit area, we’ve established a base of operations within Livernois Motorsports which leverages some of their vast capabilities and rich high performance background.”
The company has secured eight engine certifications this year and is planning for 13 in 2016, Alpers says.
Vehicle upfits are performed at the WorldNGV headquarters facility in Seattle, and in Chicago and Las Vegas.
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Source: WorldNGV Fleets & Fuels interview and follow-up