As the most near-term solution
FEV invests in the addition of natural gas engine testing capabilities
Converted test cells are expected to be operational by October of this year, announced Gary Rogers, president and CEO of FEV. The company has a long history in the development of CNG-powered engines, and most recently showed its lean burn Advanced Turbulence Assisted Combustion (ATAC) system at various powertrain symposiums around the world.
"We have always viewed CNG as one of the most viable near-term alternatives to traditional petroleum-fueled powertrain technology. The addition of CNG testing capabilities was an integral part of our long-term business plan," said Rogers. "With customer requests becoming more frequent, and with the development of advanced natural gas extraction technologies, we felt the time was right to make this investment."
Conversion of test cells is underway and when completed the new CNG test cells will offer high pressure pipelines for delivery of CNG to test cells, and provide adequate pressure to run research engines as small as 1 cylinder through light, medium and heavy-duty engines up to 1,000 hp.
FEV's CNG engine testing capabilities will range from base engine development and calibration to vehicle integration and design and development of controls and algorithms.
Source: FEV, Inc.