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Icom Earns 17 New EPA Certifications

August 21, 2012 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

JTG II Now Available for More than 400 Vehicle Platforms,
30-Vehicle Lake Michigan Mailers Likes the Bi-Fuel Option

Michigan’s Icom North America reports 17 new U.S. EPA certifications for its patented JTG II liquid injection propane-gasoline bi-fuel upfits for General Motors vehicles. Icom earlier reported 23 new certifications for Fords.

Lake Michigan Mailers CEO Robert Rhoa and president David Rhoa, Icom North America CEO Ralph Perpetuini, and AmeriGas engine fuels marketing director Jay Sells as the first van converted to propane was delivered in New Hudson, Mich.

The new certifications cover approximately 200 model year 2010 to 2012 GM Chevrolet- and GMC-brand light-duty trucks and SUV platforms with 4.8- and 5.3-liter engines. The Chevrolet vehicles include Silverado pickups, Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, Express vans, and Avalanche crossovers. The GMC vehicles include Sierra pickups, Yukon SUVs, and Savana vans.

Counting the earlier Ford certifications, Icom’s JTG II system “is now available for over 400 vehicle platforms, the most of any liquid-injection system in the U.S. market.” The firm says that its total of 40 EPA certifications is expected to grow (including new certifications for Chrysler/Dodge models) and that its target market amounts to three million vehicles.

Icom North America for JTG II propane power

Icom’s JTG II Systems are through a national network of distribution partners. “We are continually adding qualified installation centers through our distribution network,” Icom North America chairman Alberto Venezio said in a release. “Further, Icom works closely with propane fuel supply partners for propane fueling and infrastructure for fleets,” he said.

‘A Critical Economic Strategy’

“We believe propane – a domestic fuel source – is the most energy-efficient and practical alternative fuel currently available,” North America CEO Perpetuini said. “Icom JTG II bi-fuel systems allow vehicles to operate primarily on propane, with gasoline as a back-up source and for extended range.”

Icom customer Lake Michigan Mailers, which has a fleet of 30 vehicles roughly split between Michigan and Indiana, has tapped AmeriGas as its propane-autogas fueling partner. LMM president David Rhoa says that the Icom bi-fuel system was attractive because it allows for a gasoline fallback.

Concerning the switch to an alternative fuel, “A large number of people we talk to have no idea that it’s economical for a small fleet to do it,” Rhoa told F&F.

“Not only does it make sense, but it really is imperative for us,” Rhoa said. “It’s a critical economic strategy for our company.”

LMM says that its service fleet logs more than 477,000 per year, and that “since May of 2009, the company has seen its fuel costs skyrocket 71.1%.”

“We knew we had to make a strategic change in the way we propel our vehicles.” Rhoa said in an announcement this past June. “Icom was the perfect partner for us on this mission-critical project,” he said.

Lake Michigan Mailers began converting its vehicle fleet in June. “The process to convert the existing Michigan-based fleet is expected to be completed by August 2013. The company plans to begin converting its Indiana-based fleet in the fourth quarter of 2013 with a final conversion date of June 2014.”

Icom North America has been supplying its patented JTG liquid-injection propane systems to bus, truck and commercial vehicle manufacturers in the U.S. since 2004. Approximately 150,000 vehicles worldwide have been equipped with the system since then. JTG II includes an enhanced multi-valve receptacle for rapid filling and an integrated fuel pump for ease of service. It is designed specifically for use with OEM gasoline engines, and is available as a dedicated-propane system too.

Icom has a system dubbed JTG-Dynamic for diesel engines, and offers a patented torodial propane fuel tank.

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Source: Icom North America releases with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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