Bi-Fuel Truck to Use Newly Available V-8 Engine
Impco Automotive vows to be the first to market with a half-ton pick-up fueled by propane autogas, as it will begin taking orders this summer for Ford F-150 pickups powered by the newly available 5.0-liter gaseous-prep V-8 engine.
Ford announced availability of the hardened version of the engine at ACT Expo 2015 last month in Dallas (F&F, May 4).
The gaseous-prep engine allows Qualified Vehicle Modifiers like Impco to offer the popular F-150, LPG/propane-powered on a ship-thru basis with full Ford warranty.
Sequential Vapor Injection and a Conformable Fuel Tank
“The market has been asking for an OEM-supported, LPG-capable half-ton truck,” says Impco sales and marketing director Jeff Hall.
“Our systems will allow F-150 operators to achieve the desired ROI of alternative fuels with the assurance of customer support and service through Ford dealerships.”
The Impco propane autogas system uses proprietary sequential vapor fuel injection technology.
All Cab Configurations
Impco will offer an innovative conformable aluminum tank to allow a lower profile in the bed while maximizing fuel capacity. “The option will allow fleet users to put a standard tool box in their bed above the tank,” the company says, “while still carrying 30-plus gallons of propane.” The OEM gasoline tank is left intact. Impco’s new propane-fueled truck will be available with all F-150 cab configurations.
The propane autogas-fueled Impco F-150 will be U.S. EPA-certified with California approval to follow, Hall told F&F, “if the business case is there.”
Impco is also moving ahead with a California-certified bi-fuel cargo/passenger van on a GM chassis. Stay Tuned!
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Source: Impco Automotive with Fleets & Fuels follow-up