$600,000 for JTGhp High Pressure Liquid Propane Direct Injection System
As Icom North America Receives Investment Too from Solis Capital Partners
The Propane Education & Research Council is backing work on emissions certifications for direct-injection engines fueled by propane autogas, earmarking $600,000 for Icom North America.
PERC will support efforts to certify Icom’s JTGhp high pressure liquid propane direct injection system on Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine for the F-150 pickup truck and Taurus sedan with both the U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board.
“Vehicle OEMs are moving to direct-injection technology due to the improvements it provides for horsepower, emissions, and fuel economy,” PERC business development officer Tucker Perkins said in a release.
‘A Host of Applications’ Expected
“Direct-injection engines fueled by propane autogas offer all of those benefits for performance and emissions, while providing the operator with a lower operating cost.
“Engine designers will find that propane autogas enhances the benefits of direct-injection technology [and] users will see the financial benefits,” Perkins said. “The technology will eventually migrate to a host of applications, both on road and off road. This is one more step forward in technology being applied to showcase the benefits of using a clean American energy like propane.”
“Most light duty vehicles are direct injection for model year 2016 and forward,” notes Icom chairman Albert Venezio.
‘Zero Engine Issues’
Icom-modified DI – direct injection – engines have been in operation in Europe, Australia and Asia “for over six years with zero engine issues,” he told F&F.
Separately, Newport Beach, Calif.-based Solis Capital Partners said it has invested in Icom North America Icom, noting Icom’s tally of EPA certifications for more than 700 vehicle platforms – “in excess of two times the certifications of Icom’s nearest competitor.”
More Certifications Expected
“Icom’s next generation, patent protected technology makes it the clear leader in this alternative energy segment,” Solis managing partner Craig Dupper said in his firm’s announcement.
“Icom’s partnership with Solis will help us capitalize on Icom’s industry leading propane technology and breadth of certifications,” said Venezio. “We expect to expand Icom’s portfolio of EPA and CARB certifications to cover even more vehicle platforms.”
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Source: PERC & Solis with Fleets & Fuels follow-up