Landi Renzo USA Awarded $600,000 From South Coast AQMD and SoCalGas to Introduce Near Zero Natural Gas Heavy Duty Engine

Landi Renzo’s 7.3L Near Zero natural gas engine covers Class 4-7 vehicles and is available for order now.

TORRANCE, Calif., February 12, 2020 – Landi Renzo USA, the American subsidiary of Landi Renzo Group, the global leader in eco-fuel systems for the automotive industry, announced an award of $600,000. This corresponds in funding of $300,000 from the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (South Coast AQMD) Clean Fuel Funds and another $300,000 in funding from the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) for Landi Renzo’s 7.3L Near Zero natural gas engine development program, which covers Class 4-7 vehicles.

This collaboration will modify the recently introduced Ford 7.3-liter gasoline engine and demonstrate a 0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified engine for commercial vehicle applications. The project is well underway with expected completion by Q2 2020.

The Ford base engine will offer fleets a Near Zero Natural Gas engine for the F-450, F-550, F-650, F-750, F-53, F-59, and E-450 applications. This Near Zero Natural Gas engine is packaged for shuttle buses (e.g., hotel, airport, rental car) box trucks, tow trucks, service body trucks, large package trucks and a host of other vocational offerings. Many of these vehicles will be able to take advantage of various grant funding opportunities.

“We are excited that Landi Renzo USA is driving clean technology for the automotive sector. They’ve done this on a global scale and now are bringing their advanced technology to the U.S. market,” said Michael Lee, project manager, research and development at SoCalGas.

To date, the biggest gap in the Near Zero Natural Gas offering was the work truck market. In addition to operating on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), this engine will also be able to utilize Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). RNG fuel is organic-based and is carbon net-negative when used by natural gas trucks. RNG provides a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gases versus gasoline or diesel.

Andrea Landi, president of Landi Renzo USA, stated, “While we have deployed thousands of clean natural gas vehicles over the past 10 years, this collaboration will drive customers to the next generation of Near Zero Natural Gas vehicles. We are excited about this opportunity. Unlike some technologies that take years to develop, our Near Zero engine is available for order now.”

The Near Zero Natural Gas vehicles come directly from the Ford manufacturing plant to Landi Renzo USA’s facility in Torrance or an Authorized Distributor, where they are converted with the Landi Renzo’s Eco Ready™ CNG system.

Landi Renzo USA is the only approved Ford QVM (Qualified Vehicle Modifier) developer and installer for CARB, the agency responsible for implementing California’s landmark climate legislation. As an OEM approved system under Ford’s QVM program, the original warranty remains fully in place.

For more information and to place orders, visit www.landiusa.com, email pshaffer@landiusa.com or call Paul Shaffer at (214) 263-6525.

Two Alternative Fuel Powers Align with Canadian NGV Distribution Agreement

Two Alternative Fuel Powers Align with Canadian NGV Distribution Agreement
Two Alternative Fuel Powers Align with Canadian NGV Distribution Agreement

Landi Renzo USA is pleased to announce a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) product distribution partnership with National Energy Equipment, Canada’s largest energy equipment distributor, for the complete line of Landi Renzo USA CARB and EPA certified alternative fuel Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) systems on various vehicle platforms.

National Energy Equipment designs, distributes and services complete fuel delivery systems and fluid handling systems for use in agriculture, aviation, commercial/retail petroleum, and industrial/bulk plant applications. In the transportation sector of their business, National Energy Equipment is a pioneer in the Canadian automotive conversion business with over 30 years of experience across all Canadian provinces. In recent years they have seen tremendous growth due to a rapid rise in the price of oil and an increased focus on the environment benefits of alternative fuels.

This newly announced distribution agreement allows National Energy equipment to expand their existing product offering to include Landi Renzo USA’s certified CNG portfolio, specifically Landi Renzo’s latest bi-fuel systems available on Ford F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks. The complete product line of CNG systems covered under the distribution agreement includes:

  • Ford E-150, E-250 & E-350 – 5.4L V8 engine
  • Ford F-250 & F-350 – 6.2L V8 engine
  • Ford F-450, F-550 and F-650 – 6.8L V10 engine
  • Isuzu NPR HD – 6.0L V8 engine
  • GM 2500HD and 3500HD Cab Chassis – 6.0L V8 engine
  • GMC Savana & Chevrolet Express Cutaway – 6.0L V8 engine

“With Landi Renzo USA’s announcement surrounding the imminent release of their bi-fuel system for the Ford F-450 and F-550, we’re excited to offer this system, in addition to their bi-fuel system already available on Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks,” said Rene Vandriel, National Director Alternative Fuel Technology, National Energy Equipment. “These two bi-fuel products alone provide tremendous opportunity to our 13 warehouse facilities located across Canada.”

The relationship between National Energy Equipment and Landi Renzo extends back to 2009, when National Energy became the official distributor in Canada for Landi Renzo S.p.A. The addition of the Landi Renzo USA product line is a welcome addition to the depth of offerings already available through National Energy Equipment, continuing the position of the Landi Renzo brand as the number one alternative fuel systems provider in the Canadian market.

About Landi Renzo

Landi Renzo is a world leader in the development, sales and marketing of components and LPG and CNG fuel systems for motor vehicles. Based in Cavriago (Reggio Emilia- Italy) and with more than 60 years’ experience in the sector, Landi Renzo is distinguished by the sustained growth of its revenues and the extent of its international operations, with a presence in over 50 Countries. Exports account for roughly 70% of the Company’s sales. Landi Renzo S.p.A. has been listed in the STAR segment of Borsa Italiana (Italy’s stock exchange) since June 2007. For more information please visit www.landiusa.com or www.landi.it

About National Energy Equipment

National Energy Equipment Inc. is the largest energy equipment distribution company in Canada. Privately owned, the company employs over 425 people and manages roughly 300,000 square feet of warehousing space in every province across Canada.

National Energy’s class leading distribution network, combined with the most sophisticated and advanced technological injection systems using clean energy sources that include LPG and CNG, guarantee the development of sustainable mobility. For more information please visit www.nee.ca or contact your local National Energy branch.

SuperShuttle Expands Alternative Fueled Vehicle Fleet

SuperShuttle

SuperShuttle has a long history of providing green transportation in the form of shared ride services to and from 35 airports nationwide.  In addition to providing shared ride services, SuperShuttle has also incorporated alternative fueled vehicles into several of their fleets over the last 10 years.  In 2012, they selected Landi Renzo USA as an additional partner for deployment of CNG equipped vans in the California market. By fueling with CNG, SuperShuttle franchisee owner-operators have a payback around 1.5 years while reducing their consumption of gasoline.

In addition to significant savings in fuel, reduction of C02 emissions over the life of each van are estimated at over 80 metric tons. That’s 80 metric tons of CO2 that is no longer released into the atmosphere, making the skies in the country a lot clearer and the air a lot easier for all of us to breathe. This reduction is accomplished in part by Landi Renzo’s CARB/EPA certified CNG conversion for the Ford Econoline with the 5.4L engine which carries a SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) designation. What this means is these SuperShuttle CNG powered vans now produce 50% less NOx and CO emissions than these vehicles did when they rolled off the factory floor.

Despite this conversion occurring after the vehicles final assembly at Ford’s manufacturing plant in Elyria, OH, SuperShuttle is backed with the confidence of knowing that Landi Renzo USA is a designated Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) manufacturer for gaseous fuels. Having a Landi Renzo QVM installed product ensures that the Ford warranty and SuperShuttle’s reputation for reliable service remain intact.

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