NEW HUDSON – TransTech Energy has signed an agreement with Icom North America to install and service Icom’s patented JTG propane liquid-injection fuel system on government and commercial fleet vehicles in North America.
Based in Rocky Mount, N.C., TransTech expects to sell more than 3,000 Icom JTG systems during the first three years of the program.
David Kennedy, TransTech’s Alternative Fuels manager, noted that Icom’s liquid-injection systems can be installed on virtually any gasoline vehicle with multi-point injection, providing lower emissions and significant improvements in fuel economy, drivability and overall performance.
Icom’s system currently is in service on more than 100,000 vehicles around the world in a bi-fuel (gasoline-propane) version. In the U.S., more than 5,000 vehicles now operate exclusively on propane using a “mono-fuel” version of Icom’s system.
Headquartered in New Hudson, Icom North America is the U.S. affiliate of Italy’s Icom S.p.A., a pioneer in the development and manufacture of liquid-propane gas-conversion systems and tanks for commercial and consumer vehicle applications.
“TransTech Energy is well-respected throughout the propane industry as a leading contractor for propane storage-facility engineering and construction,” said Ralph Perpetuini, CEO of Icom North America. “Interest in propane as an alternative fuel continues to grow; it will lead to increased business for both of our companies and enable the further expansion of the propane vehicle industry in the USA.”
TransTech’s CEO Britt Medley said the Icom’s bi-fuel system is ideally suited for fleet vehicles, including taxis; police cars; state, county and municipal fleets, and other high-mileage commercial vehicles.
“Icom’s bi-fuel system allows owners to operate their vehicles in a gasoline-only mode without affecting normal driving,” Medley said. “Installation is non-invasive and the engine’s original computer serves as the main system controller, a feature fleet managers like to see with an aftermarket alternative fuel system.”