Agility Fuel Solutions, the California-based provider of clean fuel technology for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, announced it has received 2020 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for its 488LPI propane engine used in truck and bus applications.
The 488LPI is built from a base GM V8 long block and uses Agility’s patented liquid propane injection (LPI) technology, which is designed to ensure consistent injection of propane in the liquid state across all cylinders under all operating conditions. Agility said it designed the engine for reliability, with improvements such as a valvetrain with roller rockers and newly designed dress parts specifically engineered to ensure reliability, durability and fuel efficiency.
A custom configuration of the 488LPI engine is supplied to Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) as a part of the DriveForce brand of engines. The DriveForce 8.0L is available in the Thomas Built Bus Saf-T-Liner C2 propane school bus and in the FCCC S2G medium-duty truck.
“We are pleased to have received this EPA certification early, as it gives propane fleet customers further confidence in our products as they plan their future clean fuel vehicle purchases,” said Brad Garner, president of Powertrain Systems at Agility. “With this propane system, customers have an attractive option to control fuel costs and meet fleet sustainability goals through expanding clean fuel vehicles in their fleet.”
Agility Fuel Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, with product offerings including natural gas, hydrogen and battery electric energy storage and delivery systems, Type 4 composite natural gas cylinders, propane and natural gas fuel systems and propane dispensers.