Natural Gas – Conversions, Vehicles and Technology

EPA Certifies Crazy Diamond's CNG Cruze

July 17, 2015

Photo courtesy of GM. 
Photo courtesy of GM.

Crazy Diamond Performance Inc. has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval to being producing a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) Chevrolet Cruze for 2016.

The vehicle modifier's Cruze will use its ECODrive system with a CGE type-3 cylinder to give the vehicle a range of up to 320 miles of highway driving. The system has been designed for easy installation and durability, according to the company.

Crazy Diamond Performance is also developing a dedicated CNG or propane autogas TorqueDrive 6.8-liter heavy-duty engine. Initial tests have shown an 11-percent increase in fuel econonomy over the standard GM 6.0-liter engine and an improvement of 60 additional horsepower and 154 lb.-ft. of torque.

Lastly, the company is testing its ECODrive system paired with the 1.4-liter Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore for a possible September release.

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