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Zebulon for Impco CNG & Propane

January 12, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Distribution Deal Covers Third-Year & High-Mileage Work

Iowa’s Zebulon Innovations said yesterday that it’s been named the exclusive U.S. distributor for Impco Automotive’s third model year and beyond compressed natural gas and propane autogas (LPG) vehicle conversions, as well as systems for newer vehicles that have exceeded Impco’s original 25,000-mile odometer restriction.


Zebulon-ImpcoZebulon says it “will lead all phases of Impco’s third model year and beyond conversions, and conversions for vehicles that have exceeded Impco’s original 25,000 mile restriction including marketing, sales, distribution, and technical support.”

Zebulon for Zavoli Too

“With two of the top vehicle conversion systems in the world now available to the United States via one distributor, it is unfathomable why a fleet or installer would consider any other Certified third model year or IUL EPA conversion system,” Zebulon CEO Ken Boyle said in a release.

Zebulon notes too that it is the exclusive North American importer and distributor of CNG and LPG automotive conversion systems from Italy’s Zavoli, targeting vehicle conversions that fall under the U.S. EPA’s IUL/intermediate useful life guidelines.

Both Zavoli and Impco are units of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. – which is currently in the midst of a merger with Westport (F&F, October 26).


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Source: Zebulon Innovations with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

Impco EPA-Certifies CNG Bi-Fuel F-150

January 4, 2016 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG-Gasoline Truck Features Ford’s 5.0-Liter Ti-VCT V-8

Impco Automotive reports U.S. EPA certification of its compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel Ford F-150 pickup for the 2016 model year. The half-ton truck features Ford’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) V-8 engine.
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Westport-FSSI Cleared to Merge

October 26, 2015 in Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

With Fuel Systems ‘Surviving the Merger as a Wholly Owned Subsidiary’

Westport Innovations reports that its marriage with Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. is going forward, as the proposal has satisfied the requirements of the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino legislation. “There is no further antitrust clearance required to close the transaction,” Westport said last week.


Westport Innovations and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. said today that they plan tom merge, projecting combined 2015 revenue ranging from $380 million to $405 million.

Westport Innovations and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. said early last month that they plan to merge, projecting combined 2015 revenue ranging from $380 million to $405 million.

FSSI is the parent of natural gas vehicles developer and upfitter Impco Automotive, of BRC and FuelMaker for NGV fueling equipment, and other brands. The merger with Westport was announced on September 1 (F&F, September 1).

Westport has formed a subsidiary called Whitehorse Merger Sub, which is to “merge with and into Fuel Systems, with Fuel Systems surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westport.”


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Source: Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Impco Readies LPG Ford F150 Pickup

June 16, 2015 in New Products, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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Chevy Adding Bi-Fuel Chassis Cab

May 11, 2015 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

As With Existing Models, Impco Automotive for the Upfits

Chevrolet is expanding its compressed natural gas vehicle lineup to include the bi-fuel 2016 Silverado 3500HD chassis cab for 2016, allowing drivers to use CNG or gasoline.
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Impco Certifies GM 5.3L Direct Injection

March 10, 2015 in certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EPA Nod for GM’s 1500 Pickups and the Tahoe SUV

Impco Automotive reports U.S. EPA certification of its bi-fuel conversion of model year 2015 vehicles with GM’s 5.3-liter EcoTec3 direct injection engine to compressed natural gas-gasoline operation.
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Impco Installs a Cubogas Pocket

December 12, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Small Versatile CNG Unit Is Said to Be the First in the U.S.

Italy’s Cubogas confirms installation of a Cubogas Pocket compressed natural gas fueling unit at the Impco Automotive facility in Sterling Heights, Mich.
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GM Recalling 3,196 Impco CNG Vans

September 18, 2014 in CNG, NGVs, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Affects 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Vans
With High Pressure GFI Regulators and DiaCom Diaphragms

General Motors has initialed a safety recall of 3,196 model year 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Vans converted to dedicated compressed natural gas operation by Impco Automotive.
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80 Impco CNG Buses Via RO Bus in Vegas

September 16, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Buses Are First of 400 for RTC, World CNG Southwest for Next 80

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada – aka Las Vegas RTC – is talking up delivery of 80 compressed natural gas-fueled paratransit buses by a local dealer, RO Bus Sales. They are the first of 400 CNG buses to be delivered through 2017, assuming all options are exercised under a $7.67 million contract.
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GM Quotes $9,500 for Bi-Fuel CNG

April 17, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

That’s for Bi-Fuel Pickups for 2015, Dedicated Vans Start at $10,825

GM has released pricing for its natural gas vehicles for 2015, citing $9,500.00 as the premium for compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.
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AT&T Hits Alt Fuels ‘Halfway’ Point

October 13, 2013 in Companies, Hybrids, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Telcom Says It Now Operates More Than 7,500 AFVs

“Halfway there and not breaking speed,” says AT&T, reporting last week that it’s reached the halfway mark of a stated commitment to invest as much as to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles through 2018.
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Impco Offers Bi-Fuel CNG Cruze for 2014

August 26, 2013 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First EPA Certification for a Model Year 2014 Bi-Fuel Passenger Sedan’

Impco Automotive’s new compressed natural gas-gasoline Chevrolet Cruze represents the “first EPA certification for a model year 2014 bi-fuel passenger sedan,” Impco says – and “the only” U.S. EPA-certified bi-fuel sedan for 2014 on the U.S. market. The CNG car is to be available in September.
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Impco Promotes 2014 GMs, Bi-Fuels

July 9, 2013 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California- and U.S. EPA-Certified GM Vehicles ‘Hitting the Streets’

Impco Automotive reports ship-to-commerce approval from GM to release compressed natural gas fuel systems for the automaker’s model year 2014 crew cab pickup trucks.
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Impco for 650 CNG Trucks for AT&T

July 1, 2013 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Order for Ford F-350s Follows Union City Ship-Thru Designation

Impco Automotive reports an order from AT&T to convert 650 Ford F-350 trucks with 6.2-liter engines to dedicated-compressed natural gas operation. Work will be done at Impco’s facility in Union City, Ind., where the trucks will be fitted with 25 gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG storage.
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Impco Adding GM Crew Cab Trucks

June 16, 2013 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shipping of 2014 Model CNG Bi-Fuel Vehicles Expected Late This Year

Impco Automotive says it will add GM crew cab model pickups converted to compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel operation for 2014, with shipping of the DOEM (distributed OEM) vehicles commencing in the third and fourth quarters of this year. Orders are being taken now.
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Impco Recalls Some 1,800 CNG Vans

June 4, 2013 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

OMB Solenoid Connectors May Pose Fire Risk in 2011-2013 Vehicles

In a move that may well have further reverberations, Impco Automotive is recalling nearly 1,800 model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans converted to dedicated-compressed natural gas operation, because of a potential fire hazard.
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Ford Factory, Ford Upfits

November 20, 2012 in CNG, Companies, Electric Drive, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Different Strategies for Electric and Gaseous Fuel Vehicles

Ford is talking up the $550 million upfit of MAP, its venerable Michigan Assembly Plant, for a line of common-platform gasoline and electric-drive vehicles, but has chosen case-by-case upfits by half a dozen aftermarket firms, designated Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVMs), for compressed natural gas and propane.

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