Proven Conversion Technologies
Natural gas provides a proven, commercially available option to
reduce carbon emissions using lower cost fuel. Passenger vehicles
can be converted to bi-fuel natural gas/gasoline operation using
advanced conversion technology available from Canadian company ECO Fuels.
CNGVA member companies Hitec Fuel
Systems, ATW Automotive, and Kiff Automotive offer certified
installation services for consumers and for fleets. Hitec has
provided conversions for fleets of several Fortune 500 companies in
Western Canada. ATW serves the Southwestern Ontario market. Kiff
Automotive converts vehicles for Canada's largest natural gas
vehicle fleet owner, Enbridge Gas Distribution.
High mileage fleets can expect to payback the conversion cost
through fuel savings within a 2-5 year timeframe. Major
improvements in conversion technology mean that performance issues
associated with early generation technology such as cold start
concerns and loss of power are no longer a problem. Current
generation technology incorporates sequential fuel injection and
sophisticated electronics that control a range of functions and
monitor engine temperature so that natural gas is introduced only
after the engine has reached the desired temperature.
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Gas Distribution operates one of North America's largest fleets of
natural gas vehicles with an estimated 635 out of 825 fleet
vehicles operating on natural gas. The majority of the vehicles
used by Enbridge are aftermarket conversions, although the company
also has some dedicated Honda Civics imported from the United
States and five recently-acquired dedicated CNG medium-duty dump
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In addition to conversion technology, there are natural gas
vehicles available from original equipment manufacturers. General
Motors (GM) has announced that, as of Fall 2010, its Chevrolet
Express and GMC Savana full-size vans will be available to fleet
customers with a dedicated CNG fuel system. Vehicle chassis
produced by GM will have their CNG fuel systems installed by
Indiana-based Productive Concepts with calibration from
Utah's Natural Drive. The vehicles will come with a three-year,
36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and a five-year, 100,000
mile limited powertrain warranty.
Ford has increased that number of vehicles it offers with
CNG-prepped chassis. A CNG-prepped vehicle has hardened exhaust
valves and valve seats to make it suitable for aftermarket
conversion to natural gas. Ford now offers CNG-prepped E-Series
vans, Transit Connect, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks suitable
for aftermarket conversion.
Both Canada and the United States have announced
carbon-based tailpipe regulations for passenger vehicles. In
Canada, as of the 2011 model year, passenger vehicle
manufacturers will need to meet specific targets for fleet average
carbon emissions on a grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer basis.
The new rules will also require that carbon emissions decrease each
year until 2016. Natural gas can help manufacturers reduce their
corporate fleet average carbon emissions. In Europe where
carbon-based tailpipe standards are already in place, Fiat ranks as
the automaker with the lowest carbon average and has done so for
three years in a row. Fiat sells the most factory-built natural gas
vehicles in Europe. The inclusion of natural gas vehicles within
Fiat's product portfolio contributes to its low carbon ranking.