State College, Pa.-based Seraph Energy is working with California’s Omnitek Engineering on a spark-ignition, dedicated version of the popular 7.6-liter, DT 466 engine sold by the thousands in Navistar International vehicles.
Seraph has completed baseline testing of a used, diesel-fueled Pennsylvania DoT highway maintenance vehicle, in which it is installing a converted engine with an eye gathering new emissions data toward U.S. EPA approval as an OUL (outside useful life) product.
Collection of the new data set is to start in the third week of July, says Seraph chief Ed Agostinelli.
When it comes to DT 466 diesel trucks, “There’s literally thousands just in Pennsylvania,” he told F&F. “We’re talking to probably 25 different people,” Agostinelli says. “We just have to get them the engine.”
Beyond Pennsylvania, Agostinelli says there is interest in a natural gas DT 466 from both upfitters and operators, and even from companies wanting to provide fueling as well, in states including Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, New York and Ohio.
School buses represent another target market (F&F, February 13).
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