Building Bobtails Beginning Early in September in South Carolina
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp will commence production of its dedicated-propane S2G vehicles in Gaffney, S.C. early next month, opening a new era for propane companies who will now be able to power the bobtail trucks they use to deliver propane with propane fuel.
FCCC unveiled the S2G at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis in 2012, and showed a vehicle with CleanFuel USA fuel system completed by Signature Truck Systems at WTS this year (F&F, March 8).
Now the manufacturer is wrapping up a four-stop road show – the truck was shown and customers could drive it at propane events in Savannah, in Taos, N.M., in Nashville and in Waco, Texas – and will begin fulfilling an order book that stands at more than 150 units.
Powertrain Integration and CleanFuel USA
Fuel system supplier CleanFuel USA reported U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board certification of the S2G last month (F&F, July 19), and said that S2G chassis-based trucks are the only propane autogas trucks on the market with a GVWR of 33,000 pounds.
(Roush CleanTech notes that the propane-powered Vision school bus by Blue Bird with Ford engine is also rated at 33,000 pounds.)
FCCC’s S2G is powered by an 8.0-liter GM block engine modified for dedicated liquid propane operation by Powertrain Integration. New Eagle helped with the engine controls.
The factory-installed CleanFuel USA fuel system is supported through FCCC’s nationwide service network.
The S2G chassis is also the basis for a new line of propane fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses by Thomas Built Buses – like FCCC a unit of Daimler (F&F, August 2).
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview