Toledo Firm Makes $800,000 Commitment, LNG or CNG Options,
Sales Via Ervin Equipment and DDC Series 60 Engines from Clarke
American Power Group is promoting another outlet for the dual fuel kits it says can slash the cost of heavy-duty natural gas trucks. Toledo, Ohio-based Ervin Equipment will retail finished vehicles, and according to APG has committed $800,000, enough to cover APG kits for 80 vehicles.
The initial Ervin order was placed through WheelTime Network member Clarke Power Services. Model year 2014 Freightliner Columbia and Coronado tractors will be acquired as a gliders and fitted with rebuilt 12.7-liter Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines with APG’s turbocharged natural gas system for natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation.
“We’re supplying the chassis and retailing the product,” says Gary Greene of Ervin, “with Clarke Power supplying the Detroit Diesel engine and WheelTime doing the natural gas installations.”
‘Absolute Lowest Total Cost of Ownership’
APG, Greene told F&F, has “the best product out there.”
“We believe a natural gas dual fuel glider kit is one of the most exciting new truck options to hit the market and gives the fleet owner the absolute lowest total cost of ownership in managing their business,” Ervin Equipment CEO Greg Ervin says in an APG release.
“The APG Turbocharged Dual Fuel System has logged millions of maintenance free miles around the world under very demanding driving conditions, and we have come to appreciate why the WheelTime Network selected and endorsed APG’s dual fuel technology.”
“Several key factors drove our decision to pick up the APG dual fuel product line,” Ervin said. Among them were “customer flexibility to transfer the APG dual fuel system to another one of their trucks at end of life, and… the freedom of their non-invasive technology to always go back to a 100% diesel operation at the switch of a button.
‘The Freedom to Hedge Future Risk’
“Dual fuel capability” Ervin said, “eliminates a big concern of fleet owners which is being stuck with a dedicated natural gas fleet in the future if the price spread of diesel fuel and natural gas is no longer economically advantageous. The freedom to hedge future risk is a key differentiating factor that fleet owners will appreciate.”
“We are ecstatic that Ervin Equipment has endorsed APG’s technology as the dual fuel solution of choice,” said APG CEO Lyle Jensen.
“Ervin Equipment’s competitive financing options through E-Funding will provide customers the ability to immediately benefit from the 20% to 30% net annual fuel savings being experienced by existing APG vehicular customers.”
Ass for WheelTime, “We expect to have multiple certified installer locations operating in many major regional markets by the end of the calendar year,” Jensen said. WheelTime Network has more than180 locations across North America, he said, “which gives APG a scalable footprint to handle all our expected future growth as the heavy-duty truck industry evolves into full adoption of natural gas vehicles.”
208 OUL Approvals
Both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas trucks will be available, using fuel tanks from Hexagon Lincoln or Quantum for CNG, and Chart for LNG, APG says.
“The term glider kit,” APG says, “refers to a truck that has a new frame, cab, electrical system, and front axle but must utilize rebuilt systems for two of the three drivetrain components which are the engine, the transmission, or the rear axle… A glider allows the truck owner to power the vehicle with an older, EPA-approved emissions class engine.”
APG most recently reported U.S. EPA approval of 85 additional (outside useful life) engines and said that “total OUL approvals now cover 208 engine model years for six of the most popular OEM engines.”
APG and partners will show both CNG- and LNG-powered variants of Freightliner’s Columbia tractor with its dual fuel system at GATS, the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, on August 22-24.
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Source: American Power Group with Fleets & Fuels follow-up