Alliance AutoGas showcases hybrid autogas technology

August 27, 2018 By    
Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas

Both the Fusion and the F-150 are commonly used in large fleets, Alliance AutoGas reports. Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas showcased its autogas hybrid technology at the 2018 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo Aug. 22-23 at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Alliance AutoGas engineers designed an autogas electric hybrid for introduction to the market with the 2017 Ford Fusion, the company reports. This 2.0-liter, four-cylinder vehicle provides additional torque, reduced emissions and better fuel economy due to the hybrid system.

Company engineers pursued this partial electrification or “hybridization” project with the Ford Fusion with the intent to prepare for larger hybrid vehicles that Ford is expected to produce in the future, such as the hybrid F-150, Alliance AutoGas adds.

Both the Fusion and the F-150 are commonly used in large fleets, Alliance AutoGas says. The company says a hybrid vehicle with better fuel economy will increase cost savings and reduce emissions, even in stop-and-go traffic.

The Fusion has an internal combustion engine with an electric drive motor in what is called a “series-parallel” configuration, meaning both the engine and electric motor can work together to propel the vehicle, Alliance AutoGas explains.

Alliance AutoGas uses a mono-fuel port injected vapor system in a port-fuel injection engine, replacing gasoline with propane autogas, so the two technologies work together to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

“We are pleased to differentiate Alliance AutoGas in the alternative fuel market as hybrid friendly,” says Stuart Weidie, Alliance AutoGas president. “This vehicle is a precursor of many to come in the Ford family, and our company is committed to staying ahead of vehicle technology. We want to provide autogas users with the best possible resources for reducing emissions and costs on the market.”

*Featured photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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