Alliance AutoGas showcased a Ford F-650/F-750 tractor featuring a Bi-Fuel AutoGas System at the recent AutoGas Pavilion at the NPGA Propane Expo in Atlanta. Westport’s Prins VSI system “plug and play” conversion on the 2016 Ford F650/F-750 requires no intake manifold drilling, cutting, or splicing of wiring. Westport acquired Prins in late 2014. (Earlier post.)
|Newly converted 2016 F-650/750 trailer and bobtail with an Alliance Bi-Fuel autogas system. Source: Alliance Autogas. Click to enlarge.|
The VSI (Vapor Sequential Injection) was developed in close cooperation with Keihin Corp. of Japan, a leading injector manufacturer. The VSI system is fully integrated by way of a “master-slave” method with the vehicle ECU, making it (E)OBD compatible, therefore signal emulation is not required.
The Bi Fuel Autogas system conversion of the F-650/F-750 features:
- Lower cost than diesel or dedicated propane counterparts;
- Reduces fleet operating costs by as much as 30%;
- New Bobtail conversion comes in at a lower cost than its diesel counterpart;
- Warranty of five years or 100,000 miles.
The plug and play conversion greatly improves efficiency reducing the propane system’s installation time by half—about six hours—compared to a typical 12 to 14-hour installation time for any predecessor.
Alliance AutoGas is also developing a Ford Explorer police vehicle, a Ford Transit (close to EPA certification) and an Isuzu NPR with the same Bi Fuel Autogas System warranty and efficient plug and play system installation.