LEAM Drilling Chooses Landi Renzo and Nat G for NGV Fleet

LEAM Drilling Chooses Landi Renzo and Nat G for NGV Fleet

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When LEAM Drilling, a Louisiana-based directional and horizontal drilling company, first transitioned their fleet of vehicles to natural gas, they struggled to find a reliable partner to provide ongoing service and support.

“We tried numerous systems and were initially disappointed with the technology and the level of customer service. When we connected with Nat G, we found support and we feel assured that the support will continue as we grow our natural gas fleet,” said Sonia Bradley, project manager at LEAM.

With more than a dozen bi-fuel Ford trucks in its fleet, LEAM needed a natural gas vehicle partner that was also a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM). The tag team of Ford QVM manufacturer Landi Renzo and Ford QVM installer Nat G was an ideal fit. Nat G and Landi Renzo have since converted several additional Ford vehicles for LEAM’s fleet.

“We are early adopters of natural gas vehicles,” said Bradley. “Nat G has given the extra push we needed to build a reliable fleet.”

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This month Nat G delivered two additional factory qualified bi-fuel vehicles using Landi Renzo systems to LEAM’s Pegasus NGV fleet. LEAM began transitioning its fleet to CNG in 2010, starting with four medium-duty vehicles. Since connecting with Nat G and Landi Renzo in 2013 they have expanded their fleet to 18 total CNG vehicles.

LEAM Drilling’s partnership with Landi Renzo and Nat G has led to an increase in service quality and value for their growing fleet of NGVs.

“Our natural gas vehicles have a higher ROI. At the rate we are using them, the conversion cost is paid within six months on each vehicle. Our latest, 2014 models, received early this year, have had no issues at all,” Bradley said.

60th Anniversary Celebration and New R&D Center Inauguration

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60 years of Innovation, Internationalization and Training. These three key words have helped Landi Renzo achieve a position of global leadership in the field of alternative fuels systems for the automotive industry.

On Friday, September 19, 2014, in the company of esteemed partners, political leadership and important personalities of the automotive industry, Landi Renzo celebrated their 60th Anniversary. To celebrate our sixth decade of business, Landi Renzo organized a first class event at our headquarters in Cavriago (RE), Italy.

The agenda featured a welcome & opening speech by Landi Renzo President and CEO, Stefano Landi, detailing the company’s rich heritage, present state of the organization and future plans for continued leadership in the alternative fuels industry. Following Mr. Landi’s address was a presentation from keynote speaker and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Woodrow W. Clark II, PhD.

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Landi Renzo R&D Center

The 60th anniversary celebration coincided with the official inauguration of the company’s new, state of the art Research & Development Center, located adjacent to our headquarters.

Highlights of the new R&D Center include:

Engine Test Benches

  • Test Bench 1 – Light Duty Highly Dynamic Engine Test Bench with Isac module (Vehicle simulation)
  • Test Bench 2 – Light Duty Dynamic Engine Test Bench
  • Test Bench 3 – Heavy Duty Dynamic engine test bench
  • Test Bench 4 – Multipurpose test bed for engine, electric motors, etc.

Chassis Dynos

  • Room 1 – 4WD Climatic Room + Emissions + Chassis Dynometer + XtraCold – high speed + Extended Wheelbase + High Power + Climatic Room
  • Room 2 – 4WD Climatic Room + Emissions
  • Room 3 – 2WD Calibration and WOT Room

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“Our new R&D Center is unique to the industry,” says Andrea Landi, President of Landi Renzo USA. “Through its implementation of advanced technology we can continue to develop, test and produce some of the most modern and advanced CNG and LPG alternative fuel systems on the market”

The World Leader in Alternative Fuel Systems Operating through both OEM and Aftermarket business channels, Landi Renzo has achieved a worldwide market share in excess of 30% with our Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) systems. Products are distributed worldwide in more than 50 countries through 17 subsidiaries with over 50 million conversion systems sold to date. Landi Renzo has over 60 years of global experience providing millions of alternative fuel systems to over 50 countries. Today, Landi Renzo USA and Baytech offer one of the broadest CARB & EPA certified NGV product portfolios available on the market, with total turnkey solutions on a variety of product platforms.

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Landi Renzo, Nat G and Apple Towing for F-650 CNG

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Earlier this year, Nat G upgraded a dozen of Apple Towing’s F650s with Ford factory-qualified natural gas systems from Landi Renzo. These systems, installed using Nat G’s Ford QVM-certified process, are EPA certified and retain the full Ford powertrain warranty.

To read more about this project visit Nat G and Apple Towing Featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Landi Renzo USA for 2014 Ford E-350 Vehicles for California

Landi Renzo USA for 2014 Ford E-350 Vehicles for California

2014 Ford E-350 vans being converted to dedicated-CNG operation at Landi Renzo USA headquarters in Torrance, Calif.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landi Renzo USA kits with Type I fuel cylinders from Faber are being used to convert 130 Ford E-350 vans to dedicated-compressed natural gas operation for SuperShuttle, with almost all of the vehicles destined for deployment in California this year.

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Are you utilizing your state's NGV incentives?

While many fleets realize the fuel savings benefits of operating natural gas vehicles based on their driving conditions alone, many more companies are taking advantage of deploying NGV’s among their own fleet by reducing their upfront costs for conversion.

Are you utilizing the state incentive opportunities available to you for upfitting your vehicle to natural gas?

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Last week Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, signed into law HB 1326. The alternative fuel measure is expected to give Natural Gas Vehicles a significant boost in a state that has been actively promoting the use of NGVs. The tax credits for vehicles cover 55 percent of the cost to convert a vehicle to operate on natural gas.

Texas, thru the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program, offers up to 90% of incremental cost to purchase, lease, commercially finance, or repower with qualifying natural gas vehicles or engines!

Other states such as Oklahoma offer an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Credit for up to 50% of the incremental cost of up fitting a vehicle to operate on natural gas.

And not to be outdone, California’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program through the California Energy Commission (CEC) offer individual incentive amounts by gross vehicle weight (GVW) are as follows:

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Additional Incentives by State as of June 11, 2014 include:

New York:  Incentives require vehicles to be domiciled and used in one of the five boroughs of NYC:  Class 3 – 8 vehicles, dedicated of bi-fuel, incentive is: 80% of incremental cost, not to exceed $40,000/vehicle

Pennsylvania:  ACT 13 Grants:  Vehicle must be less than 26,000 lbs GVW (Class 1-7); Incentive is: 50% of incremental cost, not to exceed $25,000/vehicle

Maryland:  Maryland Energy Incentive Program:  Class 1-2; Incentive is: $3,000/vehicle ; Class 3-4; Incentive is: $5,000/vehicle ; Class 5-7; Incentive is: $12,000/vehicle

Massachusetts:  CMAQ Funding for incremental vehicle cost is available through the MA Clean Cities program housed within the Commonwealth of MA Department of Energy Resources

Florida:  Just announced incentives on both vehicles and infrastructure.

How are you taking advantage of these vehicle upfit incentive opportunities for your fleet?

For a complete list of Landi Renzo vehicles that qualify for each of these programs, learn more about how to apply these incentives to your fleet, or connect with any one of our authorized distribution and installation partners, contact us at info@landiusa.com or calling (310)257-9481 to speak with a representative.

Visit NGV America’s State NGV Incentives for a complete listing of NGV incentives available to you in your state.

Fleet Reduces Dependency on Diesel With Dual Fuel Technology

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Freightliner Coronado Dual Fuel Glider

Freedom Transport is an authorized interstate and intrastate motor carrier operating from Illinois with a diverse fleet of trucks pulling end dumps, belly dumps, flatbeds, pneumatic tankers, tippers and liquid tankers, faithfully serving the mining, construction, manufacturing and waste hauling industries. They are a family owned business with a long history of providing the safe and cost efficient movement of freight.

This February, Freedom selected Baker Electromotive, Inc. and Landi Renzo USA as partners for the deployment of new Dual Fuel CNG (DNG) equipped Freightliner Class 8 glider trucks. By fueling with DNG,Freedom has an attractive return on investment, while reducing their consumption of diesel fuel.

Freedom is evaluating a combination of new dual fuel CNG trucks and dedicated CNG trucks in their fleet to achieve optimum fuels savings, driving range, and productivity. Baker has provided the first OEM-class DNG system of the ones that we have operated,” said Bob Orr, Freedom’s President.

In addition to a significant reduction in fuel cost, there is an associated reduction of emissions over the life of each truck. This reduction is accomplished in part by Landi Renzo’s EPA certified DNG conversion for the factory re-manufactured, pre-EGR, Detroit Diesel Series 60 with the 12.7L engine. These Freedom-owned, factory re-manufactured DNG engines now consume less diesel fuel and produce less emissions than the engines did when they originally rolled off the factory floor.

Having a Landi Renzo and Baker DNG product ensures that the Landi Renzo limited 3yr/300k mile warranty andFreedom’s reputation for reliable, cost-effective customer service remain intact.

Landi Renzo has over 60 years of global experience providing millions of alternative fuel systems to over 50 countries. Today, Landi Renzo USA and Baytech offer one of the broadest CARB & EPA certified NGV product portfolios available on the market, with total turnkey solutions on a variety of product platforms.

For a complete cost analysis on the savings your fleet could realize by deploying dual fuel technology, email sales@bakerelectromotive.com or call (800) 765-2257to speak with a Baker representative.

SAFE SpA Appoints Mario Pirraglia as President of its North American Business Unit

SAFE SpA Appoints Mario Pirraglia as President of its North American Business Unit

SAFE SpA Appoints Mario Pirraglia as President of its North American Business Unit

SAFE SpA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Pirraglia as President of SAFE North America, effective April 21, 2014.

Mr. Pirraglia has more than 20 years’ experience in the CNG industry, leading well-respected companies such as FuelMaker, BRC Compressors and Mansfield Gas Equipment, the latest as Senior Vice President of Mansfield Energy.

Mr. Pirraglia has also held a number of key industry positions including serving as past Chairman of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, past Chairman of NGV America’s Marketing Committee and past Vice President of the International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles.

I am happy to welcome Mr. Pirraglia as the new President of our North American business unit. His background in the CNG industry is strong, and he brings to SAFE a great deal of experience growing business through sales/marketing and effective channel development.” says Carlo Pedroni, CEO of SAFE SpA.

Pedroni continues “Over the past few years we have achieved consistent progress towards our ambition to build the North America business for the Landi/SAFE brands, and I look forward to the business reaching higher levels under Mario’s leadership.” 

SAFE SpA, a subsidiary of Landi Renzo SpA, has been manufacturing CNG compression packages and other related equipment, as well as compression packages for the oil and gas industry, for more than 30 years. Founded in 1975, SAFE has become a global market leader and has delivered over 3,000 compressors systems worldwide. www.safegas.it/en/

For more information contact SAFE at info@safegas.it

Ford QVM status arriving in Canada

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Landi Renzo USA is pleased to announce National Energy Equipment – Landi Renzo’s sole official distributor for the Canadian market and Canada’s largest energy equipment distributor – has successfully attained Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier Program (QVM) status and received Transport Canada (NSM) accreditation.

In March of 2013, Landi Renzo USA and National Energy announced a Natural Gas Vehicle product distribution partnership for the complete line of Landi Renzo USA CARB and EPA certified alternative fuel Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) systems on various vehicle platforms.

Conversion of Ford vehicles with gaseous prepped Engines over to CNG utilizing Ford recognized Landi Renzo USA systems and performed at National Energy Equipment’s Calgary, AB, Canada facility will not void the Ford powertrain warranty.

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.

The distribution agreement allows National Energy equipment to offer Landi Renzo USA’s certified CNG portfolio, including Landi Renzo’s bi-fuel systems available on Ford F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks.

For QVM product/pricing information contact:
Rene Vandriel
National Director Alternative Fuel Technology
(604)671-9012
rvandriel@nee.ca

Landi Renzo alternative fuel systems are available through Ford, GM and Isuzu ship thru channels and our Ford QVM installation partners nationwide. Our participation in the Ford QVM program ensure quality, reliability and seamless integration our of alternative fuel systems.

For more information please visit our website www.landiusa.com or call (310) 257-9481 to speak with a representative.

EPA Certification – 2015MY Ford F-250/350 6.2L Bi-Fuel CNG

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Landi Renzo USA, a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), is pleased to announce EPA certification for the 2015MY Ford F 250/350 6.2L bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) system.

The EPA Certificate of Conformity includes model year 2015 Landi Renzo USA Bi-Fuel conversion for the Ford F-series Medium Duty Truck equipped with the 6.2L engine – including the F-250 and F-350 2WD/4WD Super Duty variants in multiple cab configurations.

Landi Renzo alternative fuel systems are available through Ford, GM and Isuzu ship thru channels and our Ford QVM installation partners nationwide. Our participation in the Ford QVM program ensure quality, reliability and seamless integration our of alternative fuel systems.

Landi Renzo has over 60 years of global experience providing millions of alternative fuel systems to over 50 countries. Today, Landi Renzo USA and Baytech offer one of the broadest CARB & EPA certified NGV product portfolios available on the market, with total turnkey solutions on a variety of product platforms.

For more information please visit our website www.landiusa.com call (310) 257-9481 to speak with a representative.

NTEA Work Truck Show – 2014

On display within the Ford Commercial Truck booth (Booth #3139)

NTEA 2014 – On display within the Ford Commercial Truck booth (Booth #3139)

With this year’s NTEA Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit rapidly approaching, Landi Renzo USA, the global leader in alternative fuel systems, is looking forward to seeing  you and showcasing our lineup of alternative fuel products, available on a variety of platforms.

Our featured vehicle this year will be a 2014MY Ford F-550 Super Duty bi-fuel 6.8L V-10 on display within the Ford Commercial Truck booth (Booth #3139) from March 4th-6th.

Highlights for this F-550 bi-fuel truck include a Knapheide Service Body (6132D54J) modified with a transverse compartment to house the CNG cylinder and components.  Both the CNG and body installation have been performed by Knapheide at their Quincy, IL facility. Trucks of this configuration – as well as many others equipped with Landi Renzo CNG systems – are available for ship-thru.

LandiRenzo has over 60 years of global experience providing millions of alternative fuel systems over 50 countries. Our engineering expertise and participation in the Ford QVM program ensure quality, reliability, and seamless alternative fuel operation.

LandiRenzo CNG systems are available through our Ford ship thru channel partners and Ford QVM installation facilities nationwide.

For additional information, contact us at LandiUSA.com or info@landiusa.com