Alliance Autogas, manufacturer of bi-fuel propane conversion systems, is pursuing California Air Resource Board certification for the 2016 Ford Transit.
If approved, Alliance Autogas says it would be the first company to receive CARB’s blessing for a light duty bi-fuel autogas vehicle.
“There has been no precedent set for a light duty bi-fuel autogas vehicle to obtain CARB approval,” says Ed Hoffman, president of The Blossman Companies, parent company of Alliance Autogas. “The emissions requirements and advanced diagnostic requirements have been a great hurdle. We feel our technology can be meet those hurdles.”
Alliance Autogas has produced more bi-fuel systems for the Ford Transit than any other vehicle. Blossman says the company’s success with the 2015 Ford Transit has created customer demand for a Ford Transit van that is legal for use in all 50 states.
Alliance Autogas is already accepting orders for their 2016 Ford Transit, which is legal in all states except California. The converted vans come with a 5-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Environmental Protection Agency testing on propane has demonstrated a 13 percent reduction in carbon dioxide and a 33 percent reduction in methane emissions. The EPA has identified these pollutants as the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.
Alliance AutoGas, which services 460 fleets, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of EPA-certified propane autogas conversion systems for mid and heavy duty fleets. The company has converted more than 7,400 vehicles to run on propane autogas.