NEW HUDSON, Mich. - Icom North America has received EPA approval to produce a liquid propane injection system for the Ford E-250, 350 and 450 commercial van platforms.
Icom got permission to convert Ford's 6.8-liter gasoline engine with a bi-fuel system that can run on propane or gasoline.
The system uses a fuel injector to spray liquid propane into the engine's intake manifold. Icom says the vehicle's powertrain control module can run the bi-fuel system without additional computer mapping.
"This is the first time the EPA has certified a bi-fuel engine system using liquid propane injection," said Ralph Perpetuini, CEO of Icom North America.
According to Icom, most users of the bi-fuel system will be fleet operators of ambulances, shuttle buses, flatbeds and cargo vehicles. Icom says its system also can be adapted easily for taxis and police cars.
Icom will produce the fuel system at its factory in New Hudson, Mich.