FEV Inc., a developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle technologies, has announced that it is investing in the addition of compressed natural gas (CNG) engine testing capabilities. According to the company, converted test cells are expected to be operational by October.
‘We have always viewed CNG as one of the most viable alternatives to traditional petroleum-fueled powertrain technology. The addition of CNG testing capabilities was an integral part of our long-term business plan,’ Gary Rogers, FEV Inc.'s president and CEO. ‘With customer requests becoming more frequent, and with the development of advanced natural gas extraction technologies, we felt the time was right to make this investment.’
FEV says its new CNG engine testing capabilities will range from base engine development and calibration to vehicle integration and design and development of controls and algorithms.
Conversion of test cells is under way. The company says the new CNG test cells will provide adequate pressure to run research engines as small as one cylinder through light-, medium- and heavy-duty engines up to 1,000 hp.