Alliance AutoGas, through its equipment developer Blossman Services Inc., has secured U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications for bi-fuel propane autogas conversions of two heavy-duty spark-ignited engine platforms: the 6.8-liter V10 from Ford and the 6.0-liter V8 from General Motors. Depending on the engine certification, model year coverage ranges from 2010 up to 2016.
“With the development of these engine platforms, we have positioned ourselves to be leaders in the Class 4-7 marketplace,” says Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services.
Alliance AutoGas notes the engines are typically found in work trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, street sweepers and strip chassis. Some popular vehicle models these engines are featured in are the Isuzu NPR, Ford F-450, F-550, F-650, GM Express Van, Workhorse, and Freightliner Custom Chassis vehicles.
“Conversion costs nearly half the cost of diesel options on these platforms,” adds Hoffman. “We deliver reduced fuel costs, simplified maintenance and a cleaner domestic fuel source than oil-burning diesels. Our bi-fuel propane autogas solution can be retrofitted into in-use vehicles or converted prior to in-service through our installation network.”
Alliance AutoGas says it has converted more than 9,400 vehicles to run on autogas, and in 2015 alone, alliance members collectively displaced 45 million gallons of gasoline and produced $54 million in fuel cost savings for the 460 fleets they service.
Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas: The model-year 2016 Ford F-650