Two Oregon Dealers for Pacific Northwest Diesel-Gas Initiative,
Early Conversions Are Running on CNG and 20% Biodiesel Mix
American Power Group Corporation has named two Oregon companies as authorized dealers and certified installers of its equipment for converting heavy duty diesel engines to run primarily on natural gas fuel, thus helping launch APG’s dual fuel technology in the Pacific Northwest.
The two new dealer/installers are Portland-based Truck Source, a one-stop-shop for heavy-duty truck sales, service and parts,” and Τruck ’N Travel, a full service TA Travel Center located north of Eugene in Coburg, with Class 8 truck-compatible CNG natural gas fueling station.
APG says that its first dual fuel customer in the Pacific Northwest is Eugene-based GloryBee, a supplier of honey, sweeteners, spices, dried fruits, nuts, and oils to natural food manufacturers, bakeries, and retail stores. Truck ’N Travel has converted two Freightliner Columbia tractors with Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines to CNG-diesel dual fuel operation.
‘We Have Been Very Pleased’
“In 2016, we added APG’s compressed natural gas dual fuel technology to two of our trucks running on a 20% biodiesel fuel mix,” GloryBee maintenance manager Howard James says in APG’s Pacific Northwest announcement.
“These dual fuel trucks are expected to produce even cleaner fuel emissions and reduce additional greenhouse gasses compared to our current straight biodiesel initiative.
“We have been very pleased with APG’s dual fuel performance and expect to expand its adoption to additional trucks in our fleet, he said.
Further conversions will depend on the availability of fueling infrastructure, James told F&F. (Clean Energy Fuels recently opened its first public access fueling station in Oregon, offering both CNG and LNG/liquefied natural gas, just north of Medford; F&F, October 3.)
Truck Source has converted a Kenworth T800 with Caterpillar C15 engine to APG dual fuel operation for King County/Seattle, says owner Alex Bessarab.
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Source: American Power Group with Fleets & Fuels follow-up