NEW HUDSON, MI – Icom North America, which makes liquid injection propane systems for vehicles, has earned eight additional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications for Ford vehicle bi-fuel propane engines. The certifications pertain to the company's patented JTG II Propane Liquid Injection bi-fuel systems for model-year 2009-2012 Ford light-duty vehicles equipped with 5.4- and 4.6-liter engines.
These certifications allow Icom to complete propane bi-fuel conversions for applicable E-150, E-250, E-350, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator platforms. The certification potentially covers more than 300,000 vehicles, mostly Ford Econoline vans.
Icom said it expects additional EPA certifications for other popular fleet vehicles and engines shortly.
Since 2004, Icom North America has been supplying its JTG liquid-injection propane mono-fuel systems to leading bus, truck and commercial vehicle manufacturers in the U.S. Icom has already drawn two EPA certifications for Ford 6.8-liter, bi-fuel E250, E350 and E450 vehicles.
JTG II includes an enhanced multivalve for rapid filling and an integrated fuel pump for ease of service.
“We believe propane is the most energy-efficient and practical alternative fuel currently available, and it is a domestic fuel source,” said Ralph Perpetuini, CEO of Icom North America.
Albert Venezio, chairman of Icom North America, added: “The 10 EPA certifications Icom has achieved to date cover almost 50 popular Ford light-truck platforms which allow wide coverage for fleets.”
More than 120,000 vehicles worldwide have utilized the Icom JTG Propane System since 2004.