SVM/Specialty Vehicle Modifier Designation Agreement
Is Said to Boost Fleet Customers’ Choice of Alt Fuel Vehicles
Power Solutions International’s designation as a specialty vehicles modifier for GM increases the number of alternative fuel vehicles available to operators, PSI says.
The SVM agreement, states a release, “authorizes PSI to perform alternative-fuel conversions, including natural gas (CNG) and propane (LPG) options, on a range of GM specialty vehicles for fleet, commercial and retail markets.”
GM vehicles covered by the agreement include Silverado and Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickup trucks, Express and Savana passenger vans, cargo vans and commercial cutaway vehicles, and low cab forward 3500HD and 4500HD trucks.
‘GM’s Confidence in PSI’
PSI says it plans to begin taking orders before the start of the new year.
The pact “demonstrates GM’s confidence in PSI and makes us an integral part of its renewed effort in the alternative-fuel pickup, van, cutaway and light-duty truck markets,” PSI chairman and CEO Gary Winemaster said in a release.
“We’re also positioned to get in on the ground floor as an up-fitter for GM’s re-entry into the medium-duty truck business,” he said.
A Long History
PSI says that its history with GM dates back to 1996, “and includes hundreds of thousands of engines placed into industrial and on-road OEM applications.”
In 2013, for example, the two companies signed a multi-year supply agreement enabling PSI to sell GM 4.8-liter and 6.0-liter engines and 4L90E transmissions to on-road markets.
“The new collaboration represents another major step in PSI’s growing on-road business, extending its reach to passenger and light-duty Class 2 and 3 pickups, vans and cutaways in addition to the Class 4-7 trucks and buses that it already outfits,” PSI says.
A “nimbler business model will enable it to cost-effectively tackle small and medium-sized markets.”
GM Warranties Remain in Place
“GM customers will be able to maintain their OEM powertrain warranties with the PSI alternative-fuel conversions, a considerable value that no other aftermarket provider can offer.
“PSI will be the point of sale company for the fuel conversion systems including components, such as injectors, tanks, electronics and harnessing. It will be responsible for the validation and EPA/CARB certification for the converted vehicles, as well as warranty, service and aftermarket sales for the conversions.”
PSI Will Handle Certifications
“PSI has years of design knowledge and experience working with GM engines and controls,” Winemaster said. “We’ve also invested and developed our own proprietary, certified CNG on-road fuel systems and engine controls, which situates us well for upcoming 2018 certification requirements.”
“We see fleets looking for vertically integrated alternative-fuel engine solutions where solutions can come from one provider. That is what PSI can provide. This puts us in a good position to become a market leader in the industry,” said Winemaster.
Bi-Phase Technology for Propane Autogas
PSI noted too late last month that it purchased Bi-Phase Technologies in 2015 to take advantage of its leak-proof injector technology for propane fuel systems (F&F, May 12, 2015).
Jeff hall, formerly of Impco Automotive, is specialty vehicles sales VP at Power Solutions International.
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Source: PSI with Fleets & Fuels follow-up