‘Big Brown’ Gives Propane Autogas a Big Boost

Propane Vehicles Prominent
At Work Truck Show

Also at the National Truck Equipment Association’s (NTEA) Work Truck Show in March, CleanFUEL USA announced its new vehicle offering, the GMC C2500 pick-up truck equipped with a 6.0L engine and CleanFUEL USA liquid propane injection (LPI) system. This recently updated system includes a simplified design and new fuel rails for reduced weight, yielding less heat absorption and promoting the liquid phase of the propane injection process.

CleanFUEL USA’s Curtis Donaldson said his company saw an opportunity with its propane system for the GM G4500 cut van chassis. But he believes the C2500 and C3500 3/4- and one-ton pickups are a higher-volume market. The only difference between the C2500 and C3500 and the G4500 is that the C-series required a different controller. The company was developing the E78 controller for the UPS vehicles, so it decided to use that controller to also manufacture the system for the C2500 and C3500 pickups. Donaldson noted many customers have asked for the C2500 and C3500 products, and his company is working to bring that product to market. CleanFUEL USA is expected to soon gain EPA certification for several General Motors 6.0L light-duty applications, including the 2500/3500 pickups and cargo vans.

FCCC and CleanFUEL USA also displayed an FCCC S2G with a Linebacker crane truck body at the NTEA show. Bryan Henke of FCCC told BPN that start of production for the S2G is set for mid-June, but in the meantime, he told BPN that AmeriGas would be field-testing its first S2G unit.