PFDI technology enters service in the US

Louise Smyth

For the first time in the US, Port Fuel Direct Injection (PFDI) technology fuelled by propane autogas is a viable option. As more fleets move toward Port Fuel Direct Injection engines, Alliance AutoGas (AAG) has found a solution for those who want to lower their emissions and use cost effective propane autogas. AAG has successfully engineered PFDI conversion systems for the 2018 Ford F-150 in two engine choices: 3.3 litre V6 and 5.0 litre V8. This new technology features autogas as the primary fuel, while strategically utilising gasoline as a combustion lubricant. 

The 2018 F-150 is only the beginning of P-PFDI technology. AAG engineers expect the P-PFDI engine to continue growth within the larger vehicle markets. "We plan to be prepared for the advancement in OEM technology with the complementary propane autogas conversion technology," said Ed Hoffman, President of Blossman Services, Inc. "Propane autogas is the most popular alternative fuel worldwide, proven in more than 28 million vehicles, and we must always be prepared to meet the demand of fleets throughout the country."

Stephen Holland, Director of Engineering for Blossman Services, Inc. explained that his team noticed a major shift in OEM technology several years ago as manufacturers began to implement PFDI engines in small cars. Holland said, "PFDI is a fairly complicated technology, and we knew it was only a matter of time before PFDI became widespread, including implementation into big trucks. It was important for us to begin engineering an autogas solution quickly." Holland continued, "We were prepared with a conversion system as soon as Ford introduced the first PFDI commercial truck. We know that PFDI will continue to grow, and we will be ready for the next class of vehicles as they come to market."

 

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