Genesis Edge Dual Fuel System to Be Tested on Ten MP8 Tractors
UPS is providing ten Mack Pinnacle day cab tractors with 13-liter MP8 engines to be converted to natural gas-diesel operation with the U.S. version of the Genesis Edge system from Clean Air Power.
The ten new LNG-fueled trucks will operate out of the UPS facility in Ontario, Calif. “and perform real-user operations,” CAP says. They “will in aggregate travel over 100,000 miles per month, which will provide invaluable information and data on performance and reliability,” states a release. They are to be fully operational in October.
There is a fueling station capable of handling both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas at the Ontario facility. CAP’s designs can likewise accommodate either.
‘We Are on Track’
“UPS is one of the most innovative leaders in the development of natural gas vehicles in the United States,” CAP CEO John Pettitt said in a release, noting that UPS has disclosed plans to buy hundreds of natural gas trucks.
“This testing agreement,” he said, “confirms that our development program for a U.S. Genesis-Edge product has reached an advanced stage…
“I am now confident that we are on track to deliver a product capable of servicing the growing demand seen in the U.S. for natural gas vehicles.”
CAP Rolls Its Own
“All CAP Dual-Fuel technology is available for use with either CNG or LNG,” says business development director Kevin Campbell. “With the density advantages, and UPS’ existing station, LNG made the most sense for these tractors,” he told F&F.
“Cost advantages in some regions may favor CNG. This is a customer decision.
“The LNG fuel storage design is ours,” Campbell adds.
UPS has been operating nine LNG-fueled Navistar International tractors with Caterpillar C12 engines with Clean Air Power dual fuel technology since 2002. They have each completed over 1 million miles.
Funding for the latest initiative has been provided by the Californian Energy Commission under ARVTP, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, CAP says.
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Source: Clean Air Power with Fleets & Fuels follow-up