Thursday, March 15, 2012
CNG Ram to make its Canadian Debut at the Globe 2012 Trade Fair
The all-new Ram 2500 Heavy-Duty CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) pickup was shown for the first time in Canada, at the Globe Conference and Trade Fair on Business and the Environment in Vancouver. Ram is the only manufacturer in North America to offer a factory-built compressed natural gas-powered truck.
The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup is designed for fleet and commercial customers and offers cost and emissions benefits, using an abundant, domestically sourced fuel.
“Globe 2012 is the perfect venue for us to showcase our all-new economical and environmentally-friendly Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG truck,” said Ken Tuckey, Head of National Fleet, Chrysler Canada. “With a bi-fuel driving range of up to 1,232 km and lower total cost of ownership, we think this truck will do very well with Canadian fleet customers.”
The Ram HD CNG is powered by the 5.7-litre HEMI® V-8 and features both compressed gas storage tanks and a 30-litre (8-gallon) gasoline fuel tank.
The Ram’s 5.7-litre HEMI bi-fuel engine has been modified to run on compressed natural gas as well as gasoline. Redesigned heads with specifically designed CNG compatible valves and valve-seat materials allow the engine to burn both fuels. It also gets a second, CNG-specific fuel rail and set of injectors. New spark plugs improve combustion and durability, and a new powertrain control module allows the HEMI to operate on either of the two fuel sources. Canadian customers can opt for a 132-litre (35-gallon) gasoline tank (late availability).
In use, the system is automatic; eliminating operator switches altogether and utilizes either CNG or gasoline, seamlessly transitioning from one to the other with little discernable difference in operation or capability.
Although a small amount of gasoline is used during engine startup, the Ram CNG runs exclusively on compressed natural gas. If the CNG tanks are emptied, the vehicle will automatically switch to gasoline.
In addition to a conventional gasoline fuel gauge, a second CNG-specific gauge sits adjacent to it in the instrument cluster.
CNG-only range is estimated to be 410 kilometres (255 miles), while the backup supply of the 30L gasoline tank extends the range to 590 total kilometres (367 miles) and the 132L gasoline tank extends the range to 822 kilometres (510 miles).
The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG’s two ultra-strong 4.6 cu.-ft. CNG tanks are located in the forward portion of the Ram’s 8-foot pickup bed. Both tanks are mounted to the frame and covered by a painted 50 ksi high-strength steel cover. The CNG filler connection is located next to the gasoline fuel neck, accessed through the Ram’s fuel filler door.
The CNG tanks provide a gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of 68.9 litres (18.2 gallons).
GGEs are calculated as having the same energy equivalent as one gallon (U.S.) of gasoline.
The Ram 2500 CNG is available exclusively as a Crew Cab 4x4 model with 169-inch wheelbase, in either an ST or SLT trim level. The company expects to deliver the first vehicles in July 2012.
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