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FCCC Adds Dedicated Propane

March 9, 2012 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp introduced its S2G chassis, which it says “provides the industry with the only factory-installed liquid propane gas (LPG) engine available to the medium-duty truck market.”

Initial target? Propane dealers, who get the fuel cheap.

FCCC president Bob Harbin and product manager Gordie Taylor with new S2G chassis

Tank suppliers to upfit the chassis? “I have a pocketful of people who are waiting in line,” says commercial chassis product manager Gordie Taylor, flourishing a fistful of business cards at the Work Truck Show. Those upfitters, he says, “have standing orders waiting for the truck. Those guys want it now.”

“The S2G was developed in response to significant industry interest for an LPG solution without retrofitting or aftermarket additions,” said FCCC president Bob Harbin. “In offering the only original equipment manufacturer LPG solution for medium-duty applications, we believe the S2G will meet our customers’ needs. The S2G also perfectly fits into FCCC’s heritage as a custom chassis manufacturer with a successful history in alternative fuel powertrains.”

FCCC offered propane trucks with the BLPG Plus 5.9-liter engine from Cummins Westport, but the engine was discontinued. “The ISL was much too big,” Taylor says of the current ISL G, an 8.9-liter engine now favored by CNG truckmakers. The new S2G was developed with the support of PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.

FCCC partnered with Powertrain Integration and CleanFuel USA for the liquid propane injection mod for the 8.0-liter engine from General Motors.

CleanFuel USA president Tucker Perkins told Energy Secretary Steven Chu here Monday that the new chassis is suitable for school buses and other delivery vehicles too.

FCCC Now Offers All Five Key Alt Fuel Options

The S2G embodies more than a decade of gaseous fuel vehicle experience (including compressed natural gas) but is also “a new product developed in part through direct customer input.” A limited preproduction run of S2G chassis is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012, with full production slated for the first quarter of 2013.

With the new S2G, FCCC can boast a presence in all five commercial alternative fuel market segments.

A compressed natural gas-fueled walk-in van was shown in Indianapolis, and there was a pure battery electric MT E-Cell walk-in van in the Green Truck ride-and-drive.

FCCC also offers hybrid electric and hydraulic hybrid vehicles.

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