Power Solutions International partnered with the Propane Energy Research Council (PERC) to showcase its Bi-Phase Gen II fuel injector technology during the BusCon Expo in Indianapolis Oct. 1-3. PERC displayed a Collins school bus modified with the technology, which PSI provides through our specialty vehicle modifier (SVM) program.
PSI is a Tier 1 supplier of alternative fuel systems including natural gas (CNG) and propane (LPG) to Collins Bus and other Type A and Type B school bus OEMs. Production is now underway, and products are being shipped to Collins Bus and other OEM partners. “We are excited to get this program kicked off as it builds upon the strong presence that PSI has within the school bus market,” Vice President of Specialty Sales Jeff Hall said.
PSI has served as a General Motors (GM)-authorized provider of alternative fuel since 2016, shortly after its purchase of Bi-Phase. PSI is the only authorized alternative fuel SVM partner to GM in North America.
The Bi-Phase system can also be used on a range of GM specialty vehicles for the fleet, commercial and retail markets including the Silverado and Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickup trucks; Express and Savana passenger vans, cargo vans and commercial cutaway vehicles.
GM supplies vehicles equipped with a specialized 6.0-liter V8 engine, which then gets upfit with a PSI fuel system and other hardware via ship-thru. PSI serves as the point of sale company for the fuel conversion systems, which includes components such as injectors, tanks, electronics and harnessing. The company also handles validation as well as warranty, service and aftermarket sales for the converted vehicles. The SVM program is EPA certified, and PSI anticipates California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification during 4Q 2018.
“Having OEM support is critical for the advancement of clean/alternative fuel products. Without OEM partnerships and support, fleets are required to turn to aftermarket options, which are becoming harder and harder to find because of OEMs rolling out ‘Next Gen’ vehicle architectures with enhanced security features,” Hall said. “Through our partnership with GM, we can be flexible and responsive to the market, while still providing a solution that is integrated with and endorsed by GM.”