U.S. EPA Nod for ‘Direct Reprogramming of the ECU Calibration’
World CNG is announcing today that it has secured U.S. EPA certification of its Pentastar 3.6-liter engine CNG conversion for model year 2013 Dodge Caravan vehicles. World CNG offers both dedicated-compressed natural gas and a proprietary CNG-gasoline bi-fuel configuration.
“This product is unique from other conversions in that it is a direct reprogramming of the ECU calibration,” World CNG CEO Garret Alpers says in a release.
“The system is completely plug-and-play,” Alpers says, “since there are no additional electronic controllers and our calibration experts have taken full advantage of the dynamic capabilities of the OEM processor to deliver a Caravan optimized for CNG.”
Ram Pickups and Vans Too
“We’ve been running 20 World CNG dedicated CNG taxis in our fleet for several months,” Whittlesea Bell Transportation president Brent Bell says in the World CNG announcement.
“The World CNG Dodge Caravan conversion has performed flawlessly, and the fuel economy exceeds our gasoline vans.” Whittlesea, aka Bell Trans, has aggressive plans for NGVs in Nevada (F&F, December 16).
World CNG says it’s commencing CNG conversions of Dodge Caravans from its three facilities in Seattle, Chicago, and Las Vegas immediately. The firm says that the new EPA Certificate is being expanded to include the Ram 1500 and Ram ProMaster utilizing the Pentastar 3.6 liter engine as well.
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Source: World CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up