Certifications Give Fleets Wider Range of Propane Autogas Options
Icom North America says it’s among the first companies to earn U.S. EPA certification for Ford’s 6.8-liter engine for a range of 2014 vehicles. Certification of the engine “increases the spectrum of what’s available for fleets,” Icom says.
New Hudson, Mich.-based Icom offers both dedicated-propane and propane-gasoline bi-fuel options. It has EPA certifications “for all Ford E- and F-series platforms, from 14,000 to 33,000 gross vehicle weight rating, from 2009 to 2014,” including both commercial and consumer vehicles – for a total of some 600.
The 68-liter engine certification “allows us to immediately install our propane liquid injection system for customers as soon as the vehicle purchase is made,” Icom CEO Ralph Perpetuini said in a release, “making the process seamless.”
ROI of Less than Two Years
“It’s easy on the environment and on the wallet,” said chairman Albert Venezio.
“When you factor in the savings on fuel and maintenance for propane autogas vehicles with the additional tax credits available for fleets, the return on investment can be less than two years for 6.8L vehicles that drive an average of 20,000 miles annually.”
Icom says that its JTG II propane autogas system can deliver substantial fuel economy improvements as well as increased power, torque and performance. The system includes an enhanced multi-valve for rapid filling and an integrated fuel pump for ease of service.
“We offer game-changing technology that empowers fleet professionals to enhance their fleets and save money while providing them with reliable service,” said Perpetuini.
Icom says that since 2004, it has supplied its systems for approximately 150,000 vehicles worldwide, including leading bus, truck and commercial vehicle manufacturers in the U.S. In addition to Ford, its certifications cover Chevrolet, Dodge, GM, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles, as well as Blue Bird shuttle buses.
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