Chassis from China and Bi-Phase Fuel Rigs on Ford Triton Engines
With a Class 8 ISX12 G-Powered Natural Gas Truck Later in the Year
South Carolina’s Alkane Truck is introducing new Class 7 dedicated-propane autogas cabover trucks with Ford V-10 engines modified with engine systems from Bi-Phase Technologies. A natural gas-fueled Class 8 is being readied too.
“We’ve worked diligently to design and deliver only the highest-quality alternative fuel-powered trucks that meet or exceed all performance, utility and safety specifications for the industry,” Alkane Bob Smith founder and CEO said in a release.
“Our trucks will be made available to the U.S. market through our network of select qualified dealers,” said national sales director Steve Rayborn.
CNG or LNG or the Alkane Class 8
Alkane sees pent-up demand for cabover vehicles and, by using chassis from a Daimler affiliate in China, Rayborn told F&F, hopes to offer the dedicated-propane trucks at prices comparable to conventionally fueled vehicles.
Alkane is planning propane-powered 26,000-pound-GVW P-26 and 33,000-pound-GVW P-33 models, both with Ford’s 6.8-liter, 3-valve Triton V-10 with Bi-Phase’s LPEFI brand dedicated multi-port direct liquid propane fuel injection.
The driveline is very similar to propane-powered Blue Bird Vision school buses, Rayborn says, with the exception of the Bi-Phase plane system. “We’re the news guys on the block,” he says, but “we didn’t have to re-invent the wheel.”
Bi-Phase Technologies is a unit of Schwan Food, which has deployed many thousands of propane trucks, dating from first oil embargo in 1973 (F&F, February 29, 2011). Schwan’s acquired Bi-Phase in 1993.
Alkane promises to release a Class 8 Truck later in 2014. Also built on a Chinese chassis, it will be powered by the 11.9-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine, with Eaton 10-speed automated manual transmission. Alkane will offer both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas options.
Alkane Truck is a unit of the Noble Automotive Group.
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