Harrison Truck Centers Add-On Order for Existing Fleet Customer
American Power Group today reported an order from Harrison Truck Centers for 35 of its turbocharged dual fuel systems allowing heavy duty trucks to run on a blend of natural gas and diesel. The equipment is for an existing customer that already operates more than 40 duel fuel vehicles, APG says.
“This order is a for a long-time APG customer who is on track to have close to one hundred dual fuel trucks in their fleet by the end of 2016,” APG CEO Lyle Jensen says in today’s release.
Harrison, in collaboration with the WheelTime Network’s Interstate Power Systems, will install APG-supplied dual fuel gear and associated natural gas storage tanks at Harrison’s glider kit production facility in Elk Run Heights, Iowa (F&F, February 12).
Deliveries are slated for this month and next.
“Since our APG dual fuel product launch last spring, we have seen significant interest in the benefits of our APG dual fuel glider,” Harrison Truck Center president and CEO Brian Harrison says the APG announcement. “This summer’s field demonstrations have confirmed we now have a proven mainstream dual fuel solution to address the underserved high horsepower natural gas engine market.
“We have not found a natural gas engine solution above 400 horsepower other than APG’s dual fuel solution that can meet the demands and power performance of heavy-haul and severe-duty vocational trucks, especially in extreme or severe operating environments,” Harrison said.
The add-on customer, said Jensen, is “a prime example of someone who has a true appreciation of the economic and environmental benefits of how APG’s dual fuel solution can still deliver measurable savings and provide a competitive advantage, even in today’s lower priced diesel environment.
“The motivation for dual fuel conversions continues to be fuel savings, normal diesel-like maintenance costs, no loss of power and torque for their drivers, and a significant engine weight savings associated with gliders over new diesel engines allowing more revenue per load to be delivered.”
“Today, the heavy-haul trucking industry does not have a viable natural gas engine option for the 400- to 600-horsepower Class 8 trucks,” Jensen said. “As a result, we are gaining more attention in this specific niche of natural gas engines as oil and gas, logging and mining fleets discover APG’s ability to pull the heavier loads while maintaining diesel-like performance.”
APG claims an industry-leading 474 EPA engine family approvals covering a wide range of engine models eligible to be installed in glider kits.
APG, which also supplies dual fuel equipment for heavy duty stationary engines, will display one of Harrison’s severe-duty Freightliner 122SD dual fuel gliders at the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit 2015 meeting in Dallas October 27-29. The HHP Summit is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, which also publishes HHP Insight.
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Source: American Power Group with Fleets & Fuels follow-up