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March 20, 2013 in Dual Fuel, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trucks with Rebuilt DDCs & Dual Fuel Cheaper than New

American Power Group is promoting a new way of buying its V5000 dual fuel system for heavy duty trucks: Tennessee’s Fitzgerald Glider is outfitting new Freightliner tractors with rebuilt 12.7-liter Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines, with APG kits for natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation: all for $40,000 or even $50,000 less than the price of a new dedicated natural gas truck.

APG is talking up Fitzgerald Glider installations of rebuilt Detroit Diesel engines modified with its V2500 dual fuel system powering new Freightliner tractors.

APG is talking up Fitzgerald Glider installations of rebuilt Detroit Diesel engines modified with its V2500 dual fuel system powering new Freightliner tractors.

The fuel-efficient DDC engines are more than ten years old, so they qualify for the U.S. EPA’s OUL (Outside Useful Life) regulatory says APG CEO Lyle Jensen approval. Benefits include a fuel efficiency gain of 20% to 30% “and dramatic reduction in annual maintenance costs.”

The Fitzgerald-APG trucks “get 500 horsepower and 1,650 foot-pounds of torque out of this 12.7-liter,” he told F&F – “no loss of power.”

“All of this for some $40,000 to $50,000 less than a new 12-liter or 15-liter dedicated natural gas truck,” Jensen says.

Clarke Power Rebuilds

Fitzgerald uses 2013 Freightliner Columbia or Coronado cabs, with a variety of new model options. The engine rebuilds are by Clarke Power Services. The trucks have DOC (diesel oxidation catalyst) emission controls. Fitzgerald also installs a remanufactured Eaton Fuller transmission.

The Fitzgerald Glider comes with a three-year, 300,000 mile warranty on both the engine and transmission. Vehicles are to be available June 1, with either compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas fuel systems.

“We expect the 2013 Fitzgerald/APG Dual Fuel Glider to become one of most innovative and exciting new Class 8 vehicles on the road with 20%-30% lower net fuel costs as compared to standard diesel engines and up to 70% lower annual maintenance costs,” Jensen says in an APG-Fitzgerald-WheelTime release for this week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

‘Cost-Effective and Non-Invasive’

“The introduction of a Dual Fuel Glider, coupled with the resources provided by a Fitzgerald/WheelTime Network/APG collaboration, could be the game-changer that accelerates the transition of Class 8 truck fleets to natural gas as an alternative fuel.”

APG says that its “V5000 Turbocharged Natural Gas” dual fuel offering is based on “a cost-effective and non-invasive patented turbocharged natural gas dual fuel conversion technology.

“The system displaces a large percent of diesel with either CNG or LNG, uses normal diesel oil, allows a vehicle to retain existing diesel maintenance cycles, and offers a 300- to 800-mile dual fuel range with no loss of power and torque, depending on the route profile and tank configuration. No high-temperature parts or custom high-pressure fuel injectors are required.”

APG says that the dual fuel system is EPA-approved for 110 OUL engine families and that it expects EPA approval “for more than 100 additional OUL and IUL engine families by the end of calendar 2013.”

APG will market and service the APG Dual Fuel Add-On Option through its recently announced national WheelTime Network Authorized Dealer Network of nearly 200 service centers, 2,800 service bays and 3,000 factory-trained technicians.

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Source: APG-Fitzgerald-WheelTime release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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