Crazy Diamond Nets EPA Approval for 2016 Cruze CNG Platform


Crazy Diamond Performance Inc. (CDP), a Michigan-based company that focuses on alternative fuel and performance vehicle technologies, has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval for its model-year 2016 Chevrolet Cruze dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) ECODrive retrofit system.

CDP says its ECODrive systems have been designed for easy installation and durability, and its Cruze system includes one 8.5 GGE type-3 cylinder, giving the vehicle a range of up to 320 highway miles.

In addition, CDP has released some details about its upcoming TorqueDrive 6.8-liter dedicated CNG and propane autogas heavy-duty engine platform. The company says early-stage testing has proven an 11% increase in fuel economy over the standard GM 6.0-liter engine, and TorqueDrive produces most of its torque around 2,300 rpm, enabling an extended range of power for heavier vehicles.

“Our 6.8L engine test program has returned very good results so far – an 11 percent fuel economy increase over the standard GM 6.0L engine, while producing 60 additional horsepower and 154 additional pound feet of torque,” states Kevin Fern, president of CDP.

Furthermore, the company notes that the CDP ECODrive Chevrolet Trax/Buick Encore 1.4-liter CNG platform is currently undergoing testing and is slated to be released in September.

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