Venchurs Vehicle Systems (VVS), which offers both compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions for Ford and off road products/specialty vehicle builds through its VWerks division, will combine the two worlds at the upcoming Moab Easter Jeep Safari, showcasing the performance capabilities of both programs. According to PT Muldoon, VP of Engineering for VVS, CNG is currently focused towards the fleet industry and Moab brings about an opportunity to introduce CNG to a new market of dedicated off-road enthusiasts.
VVS, a QVM (qualified vehicle modifier) for Ford offering both bi-fuel and CNG dedicated conversions for F-250/350 trucks, will showcase its bi-fuel system at Moab (March 31-April 1). In the US state of Utah, Moab is often referred to as the “Mecca of four-wheeling” making this event the perfect place to showcase the trucks’ performance capabilities.
Ken Davey of Moab City Economic Development says the city is working hard to get their first public CNG fuelling station. Currently only one private refuelling facility exists.
“Questions we get about CNG conversions are often related to performance,” says Terry Karges, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VVS. “Our systems have gone through rigorous testing, and we’re excited to demonstrate their capabilities while at Moab. We believe CNG is our country’s transportation fuel of the future.”
At Moab, VVS will be taking its Bi-Fuel Ford F-250 truck that will feature a 2-inch lift, Bilstein shocks, 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains and off road skid plates on trail rides of various levels of difficulty and will have the vehicle available for media drives.
“CNG is currently being considered by fleets, so we are excited for the opportunity to help raise awareness through new avenues about this clean and domestically available fuel,” says Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs.
CNG has been gaining momentum for a variety of reasons including lower fuel and maintenance costs, fewer emissions, a reduced dependency of foreign oil and a higher safety rating. The Venchurs CNG program includes both dedicated CNG systems, as well as a bi-fuel system which allows for a seamless, “on-the-fly” switching of the fuel supply and offers a total fuel range of up to 650 miles (over 1,000 kms). As a QVM, the original Ford warranty stays intact and standard Ford Diagnostic Equipment can service the vehicles.
VVS is also offering a demo program to both fleet managers and media to test out CNG converted Ford vehicles.
(This article compiled using information provided by Venchurs Vehicle Systems)