Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Alkane Truck Company said Wednesday it plans to build a liquid propane autogas (LPG) powered Class 8 cabover for long-haul trucking.
“LPG makes the most sense because the distribution is already in place and growing annually,” says Alkane CEO Bob Smith. “We’ve been able to get good torque from the LPG powered engines, and we think it’s a perfect fit for the Class 8.”
“LPG is readily available right here in America, and lessens our dependence on foreign oil,” adds Stephen Rayborn, Alkane’s vice president of global sales. “It burns cleaner than diesel and gasoline, providing a healthier environment, and our engineers have been able to create the power and torque the truckers need.”
The company’s Class 7 unit, which received Department of Transportation (DOT) certification late last year, features a Power Solutions International-engineered 8.8-liter V8 engine with 270hp and 575 ft.lb. of torque.
The company expects to begin production of the Class 7 units later this year, while Class 8 trucks are expected to be available for dealer order by the end of 2018, pending DOT approval.
Both trucks will be assembled in Alkane’s South Carolina assembly plant.