IMPCO Automotive, a business unit of Fuel System Solutions, Inc., and a designer, manufacturer and supplier of alternative fuel components and systems for use in transportation applications, has received certification by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fuel Systems on Ford’s 2011 model Transit Connect Van and Wagon with the 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine. IMPCO Automotive has previously received certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for this engine and vehicle.
This new certification achieves both Federal Inherently Low Emissions Vehicle (ILEV) and California Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) standards, permitting single-occupant access to HOV carpool lanes in California and many other states that provide this dedicated alternative fuel vehicle incentive to motorists.
Certification for the 2012 model is expected in a few months.
In June, IMPCO Automotive also received EPA 2011 model year Certifications for its dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fuel Systems for the following Ford Motor Company vehicles equipped with the 2.5 Liter family of engines and Mazda vehicles using Ford’s engine:
- Ford Fusion and Fusion S with 2.5 Liter engine
- Ford Escape FWD & 4WD with 2.5 Liter engine
- Mazda Tribute FWD & 4WD with 2.5 Liter engine
EPA Certification for these Ford and Mazda products adds significant depth to the IMPCO Automotive product offering on light duty platforms utilizing small displacement 4 cylinder engines. CARB approvals for these engines / vehicles are expected soon.
Achieving CARB certification is especially important because several states have either adopted or are in the process of adopting California’s strict emissions standards. These states include New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Maryland and Florida.
“We are pleased to continue to expand our offering of products to convert this popular light-duty Ford vehicle platform from gasoline to clean-burning, plentiful, domestic CNG,” said Jay Sandler, IMPCO Automotive’s Director of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) & Fleet Sales. “Our innovative fuel systems enable fleets and vehicle operators to significantly lower their operating costs and reduce emissions while at the same time avoiding reliance on foreign oil during these times of rising fuel prices.”
(This article compiled using information from a IMPCO Technologies, Inc. press releases).