IMPCO Automotive, an ISO-9001:2008-certified subsidiary of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. and a designer, manufacturer and supplier of alternative fuel components and systems, says that as a result of increased demand among fleet customers for clean and efficient alternative fuel technologies the company has ramped up production of its compressed natural gas (CNG) system designed for Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Cargo vans.
IMPCO’s press release says production began earlier this year at their OEM fleet conversion facility in Union City, Ind., and has been steadily increasing with customer orders on the rise. The 75,000-square foot manufacturing facility has been reconfigured into a high volume conversion plant utilizing state of the art manufacturing and quality conversion practices. Current conversion offerings include bi-fuel and dedicated CNG units for several customers, including General Motors.
Each Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana CNG van is covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.
Fleets are provided with the convenience of an all-in-one CNG vehicle, which includes GM’s Vortec 6.0L hardened V8 engine. GM modified this proven technology with hardened exhaust valves and intake and exhaust valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability with gaseous fuel system applications.
After the engines are installed in the vans at GM’s Wentzville, Mo. Plant, the vans are shipped to IMPCO Automotive’s alternative fuels conversion facility in Union City where the CNG fuel delivery and storage system is integrated into the vehicle. All vehicles comply with EPA: BIN 5 and CARB: LEV2 – SULEV emission requirements, certified in all 50 states.
Upon completion and testing of the CNG system, the vans are either shipped to a specialty vehicle manufacturer to have commercial equipment added or directly to a Chevrolet or GMC dealer for delivery or sale.
One of the first major fleet orders received by GM and built at the IMPCO Automotive Union City Plant was an order of 101 Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo vans for AT&T, to be used in its customer service fleet. AT&T had previously announced a goal to deploy 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles by 2018.
This article compiled using information from an IMPCO press release.
Press Release Source: IMPCO Automotive On Thursday April 28, 2011, 9:00 am EDT