PI Delivers Propane Autogas V8 Package For UPS

March 05, 2014

Powertrain Integration, a leader in the on-highway engine industry, will equip 1,000 Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) medium duty delivery vehicles with propane autogas (LPG) powertrain packages for UPS. The packages consist of GM 6.0L V8 LC8 engines, CleanFuel USA Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) fuel systems, and Allison automatic transmissions.

“UPS bringing 1,000 of these units online is proof the medium duty sector has embraced the LC8 propane autogas engine as a gasoline and diesel replacement,” said Powertrain Integration President Robert Pachla. “This is the biggest propane autogas adoption to medium duty delivery vehicles I’ve seen during my thirty years in the alternative fuel business; we look forward to imminent builds and ongoing support,” Pachla added.

Dream team makes sustainable operation AND performance a reality for UPS

Starting with the GM 6.0L Vortec V8 LC8 engine, Powertrain Integration integrated the benefits of propane autogas (LPG) with the performance and reliability of the GM 6.0L L96 gasoline engine which PI currently provides to FCCC for the step van delivery market. The result is a robust package that more than handles demanding delivery requirements. “The LC8 engine and Allison automatic are a great combination,” notes Powertrain Integration Vice President of Engineering Ed Garda, “but it’s PI’s programming for the engine control module that optimizes the package for increased power while reducing tailpipe emissions.”

Second to none in Second Stage Manufacturing

According to Powertrain Integration Operations Manager Brad Shantry, “PI will complete the LC8 propane autogas package for the FCCC medium duty chassis through Second Stage Manufacturing (SSM),” adding, “Our team has the combined experience of nearly half a million SSM builds; it’s exciting to put that experience to work on a program like this.”

PI’s Propane Autogas Choices Proliferate

In addition to the 6.0L LC8, Powertrain Integration will be showcasing its recently released PI-GM 8.0L LPG V8 engine. A cutaway of the 8.0L intake manifold underlines just a fraction of how much thought Powertrain Integration has put into making the venerable big block new again. Show attendees may experience the on-road feel of the smooth, powerful PI-GM 8.0L V8 LPG in a Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation S2G equipped with a Signature Truck Systems Linebacker aluminum body as part of an exclusive PERC autogas ride-and-drive event.

Celebrating ten years of OEM engineered solutions

Powertrain Integration was established in 2004 as the automotive industry’s first total OEM solution company for engines, transmissions, vehicle systems, services, and support. PI delivers a broad range of fully integrated, clean power, on-highway General Motors powertrain solutions to niche automakers and fleets.