First for a Heavy Duty Natural Gas Retrofit, Company Says
The California Air Resources Board has certified North American Repower’s dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition version of the 7.6-liter International DT466 engine Class 5-8 trucks and buses, the Southern California company says.
“This is the first full certification for a dedicated heavy duty CNG engine repower specifically designed as a retrofit that CARB has issued,” states a release.
N.A. Repower’s DT466 conversion was approved by the U.S. EPA last year for vehicles through model year 2004. “These older DT466 engines are common in medium duty and heavy duty applications throughout the industry,” N.A. Repower says “with over 39,000 currently in operation just in California.”
‘Cleaner and More Cost-Effective’
“The availability of a dedicated-CNG heavy duty engine for retrofit applications in California offers fleets a cleaner and more cost-effective alternative to comply with the California Truck & Bus Regulation” – and helps California achieve greenhouse and particulate matter reductions, N.A. Repower’s John Reed said in a release.
“By converting to natural gas operation,” he says, “fleets not only attain better particulate matter reductions than newer diesels, they reduce GHG emissions and can now participate in moving California to lower carbon renewable fuels.”
A Complete, Warranted Package
The N.A. Repower system includes a fully remanufactured DT466 engine, compressed natural gas fuel tanks, fill panel and installation, and is backed by a full warranty for up to four years and 200,000 miles. Finance and leasing solutions are available for fleets. Warranties are administered through Premium 2000.
N.A. Repower customers include Sectarian Security, which operates plug-in hybrid electric version of the DT466-powerred trucks (F&F, May 19, 2015), and Oakland Packaging which, Reed told F&F, has three dedicated-CNG trucks in service and three more on order.
Vehicle conversions can usually be accomplished in approximately three days of downtime, the company says. Scheduling of builds can be done in six to eight weeks. While targeted at the delivery, general freight and food services markets, the conversion can be applied to most vocational trucks and school buses with a widely available selection of fuel tank options.
N.A. Repower’s DT466 CNG engine is available with horsepower ratings of 190 through 230, “with torque and power matching the diesel engine it replaces.”
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Source: North American Repower with Fleets & Fuels follow-up