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Green Bridge for CDP’s CNG Upfits

February 5, 2016 in CNG, Companies, event, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Icom North America Unit Kicking Off Month-Long Road Tour

Green Bridge Technologies, the new compressed natural gas vehicle unit of propane autogas specialist Icom North America, is promoting its CNG vehicles at this coming week’s Energy Independence Summit in Washington, D.C.
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Crazy Diamond Certifies CNG Cruze

July 14, 2015 in certifications, CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Also Releases Update on 6.8-Liter GM Engine Work

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond Performance says it’s received U.S. EPA approval of its compressed natural gas-fueled Chevrolet Cruze for the 2016 model year. Specifications for CDP’s “EcoDrive” upfit for the Chevy Cruze include an 8.5 gasoline gallon equivalent Type III cylinder, giving the vehicle a range of up to 320 highway miles.
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Cruze-and-a-Phill Package from CDP

January 16, 2015 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Michigan Upfitter Plans Chevy Trax and Buick Encore Too

Crazy Diamond Performance is stepping up its compressed natural gas vehicle offerings, promoting a dedicated-CNG Chevrolet Cruze LS and FuelMaker Phill package for $27,559.00. The Shelby Township, Mich.-based upfitter also planning CNG versions of Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore vehicles, to go on sale this spring.

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond Performance is offering a limited number dedicated-CNG Chevy Cruze vehicles with a BRC FuelMaker Phill home fueling unit for $27,559.00, combined.

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond Performance is offering a limited number dedicated-CNG Chevy Cruze vehicles with a BRC FuelMaker Phill home fueling unit for $27,559.00, combined.

“One of CDP’s priorities is to see the rapid and widespread adoption of CNG vehicles, both for fleets and for individuals,” CDP president Kevin Fern says in a release. “Offering the vehicle, retrofit and fuel appliance at the same time reduces costs and complexity while ordering.

“This makes the decision much easier for fleets who are concerned about purchasing and using a dedicated CNG vehicle, in locations where CNG fueling isn’t readily available,” he said.

8.5 GGE

CDP uses lightweight carbon fiber fuel cylinders from Utah’s Optimum Composites for the CNG Cruze, which has capacity for 8.5 gasoline gallon equivalents. The firm uses Blackstone CNG regulators and Bosch injectors. “All other components are CDP-sourced and built for CDP as CDP technology,” Fern told F&F.

Available on or about May 1

Available on or about May 1

CDP’s natural gas vehicles include an integrated diagnostics module that monitors and reports for failures and/or leaks of the CNG fuel system through the CDP-calibrated OEM engine control module.

CDP’s new Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore vehicles will also be dedicated-CNG.


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Source: Crazy Diamond Performance with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CDP’s CNG Kits for Chevy Cruze & Sonic

November 3, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lancer Automotive in Salt Lake City for Upfits

Crazy Diamond Performance reports U.S. certification of its dedicated compressed natural gas systems for GM’s Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic compact sedans, making possible the first of a series of small and fuel efficient vehicles from the Shelby Township, Mich.-based company.
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Crazy Diamond Readies All-CNG Cruze

July 14, 2014 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Challenges Honda Civic Natural Gas as Dedicated CNG Sedan

Shelby Township, Mich.-based Crazy Diamond Performance is developing a dedicated-compressed natural gas Chevrolet Cruze fleet vehicle, challenging the OEM Honda Civic Natural Gas with more power and more cargo space.

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Crazy Diamond Torque for Trucks

March 25, 2014 in CNG, New Products, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Preparing a Supercharged 7.4-Liter Engine to Compete with Diesels

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond Performance is preparing a 7.4-liter, supercharged gaseous fuel engine to complement its naturally aspirated Torquemaster 6.9-liter product. Both are capable of running on natural gas or propane autogas.

The 6.9-liter Torquemaster engine by Crazy Diamond Performance is designed for CNG or propane autogas operation.

The 6.9-liter Torquemaster engine by Crazy Diamond Performance is designed for CNG or propane autogas operation.

“The engine is based on the GM LS engine architecture, which has small footprint in terms of size, but don’t let the size of the engine fool you,” Crazy Diamond president Kevin Fern says in a release.

His firm is known for premium hot rod replicas and conversions, and is taking its technology to the Class 6 truck and bus sector.

“The engines will fit a niche where the 6.0-liter GM and Ford 6.8-liter aren’t quite suited and the larger diesel engines are too much,” Fern told F&F.

High-End for Higher Torque

“The Torquemaster 6.9L has performed very well under our initial chassis testing, producing over 375 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds torque, where maximum torque is generated at 2400 RPM, Fern says in the Crazy Diamond announcement.

“The 7.4L low-boost version is expected to generate north of 650 foot-pounds,” he says.

'GEM' engine management harness/system

‘GEM’ engine management harness/system

Fern notes further than the engines are controlled via a proprietary “GEM” engine management harness/system, utilizing an E-38 processor designed to be EMD+ and/or OBD compatible.

Fourth Quarter for 7.4-Liter Testing

“The 7.4L engine is a dual injector application, which is a bit different to what’s in the market currently,” Fern says. Internal engine components include forged crankshaft, connecting rods, and pistons. Compression ratio is 10.2:1.

“The camshaft is a proprietary design, maximizing engine efficiency and performance in this low boost CNG application,” the company says. “The cylinder heads include lightweight stainless valves and hardened valve seats and are secured with six torque-to-spec bolts per cylinder.”

Testing of the new 7.4-liter engine is to commence in the fourth quarter.


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Source: Crazy Diamond Performance with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

For NGV Advocates with Everything

December 17, 2013 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Crazy Diamond’s ‘Cruizer’ – a Replica ’32 Roadster, Dedicated-CNG

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond Performance is promoting the 330-horsepower, dedicated-CNG “Cruizer” – a replica of a 1932 Ford Roadster with such modern amenities as keyless operation, OnStar and Bluetooth.
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Direct Injection for Gaseous Engines

November 5, 2013 in CNG, Hydrogen, Propane, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

With Some Fun Along the Way by Crazy Diamond Performance

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond Performance is tackling the challenge of converting new-generation direct injection engines to natural gas operation – and is proving the technology on eye-catching CNG hot rods.
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