Utilimaster Corp., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., today announced an alliance with LandiRenzo to offer compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions on Isuzu NPR-HD Gas vehicles. LandiRenzo is a world leader in alternative fuel solutions with over 1.5 million systems sold annually. Utilimaster has been providing alternative fuel solutions including LPG, CNG and plug-in electric since 2003.
According to a press release, the CNG conversion provides current fuel costs savings up to 65% when compared to conventional gasoline (saving the equivalent of $1.50-$2.50 per gallon). Compressed natural gas offers up to a 75% reduction in NOx of and a 25% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gases.
Utilimaster President John Forbes noted, “With the rise in fuel prices, Utilimaster is offering fleet owners a green solution with field-proven financial returns. We are unique to offer the solution at our OEM assembly plant and offer in-field, on-site installations. Our clients know they have a business alliance they can trust at a time when increasing costs make Compressed Natural Gas an attractive alternative.”
Utilimaster, which recently moved operations from Wakarusa, Ind., to nearby Bristol, also announced a preferred installer agreement with BAF Technologies. Together, Utilimaster and BAF will be presenting a converted vehicle in the Ford Commercial Truck booth at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show currently under way in Indianapolis.
Under the agreement, Utilimaster, a market leader in delivery and service vehicles, is appointed the exclusive and preferred installer of the BAF compressed natural gas system on the Ford F-59 walk-in van stripped chassis. The solution achieved both EPA and CARB certifications.