Upstart Alkane Truck Company adds gasoline option to Class 7 line

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Updated Jul 6, 2016
Alkane’s Class 7 cabover is expected to go into production this year.Alkane’s Class 7 cabover is expected to go into production this year.

Alkane Truck Company says it will add gasoline as a fuel option in its class 7 truck line – an about face for a company that previously has been an exclusive proponent of alternative fuels, namely propane autogas and compressed natural gas (CNG).

““It makes sense to expand potential sales by broadening our audience to include traditional fuel types,” says Alkane CEO Bob Smith. “Our primary mission will always be the promotion of clean burning fuels. Gasoline, when offered with high a percentage of Ethanol, comes pretty close to fitting those criteria.”

Certified to run on liquid propane, the Alkane Class 7 cabover cleared DOT compliance testing in the fall of 2015 with a PSI 8.8 liter V8 engine. The same engine is also certified to run on CNG or gasoline. With liquid propane or gasoline, the truck will produce the same horsepower and torque while yielding diesel-like performance, the company says.

“Since truckers and consumers are more familiar with conventional fuels, our hope is that our existing dealer base will readily adopt the gasoline version,” adds Steve Rayborn, VP of Global Sales for Alkane. “Once they test the handling and performance of our trucks, and experience its power and torque, adding the propane version will be an easy decision.”

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected]