‘Dual Fuel 2.0’ Includes New Two-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty
EcoDual is promoting an improved dual fuel conversion system for Class 8 trucks called Max/SR 2.0 – and is emphasizing that the new upfit product includes a two-year unlimited mileage warranty, said to be an industry first.
Max/SR 2.0 features “a breakthrough in natural gas substitution rates,” the company says, promising to save operators 25% on their overall fuel costs.
Further, Max/SR 2.0 is “more reliable, durable and lighter, while also decreasing installation time, emissions and maintenance expenses.” It’s to be available in October.
A Raft of Improvements
“We’re targeting mid-next month for installations of the 2.0 system,” says EcoDual CEO Mike Donoughe. He also told F&F that the two-year warranty is an “industry first and industry best.”
EcoDual’s new Max/SR 2.0, the company says,
- increases natural gas substitution rates to achieve a 16% improvement across the broadest range of driving conditions;
- precisely controls natural gas and diesel fuel injection to optimize combustion and minimize emissions;
- improves performance and durability by integrating new electrical and controls systems into the Max/SR architecture;
- significantly reduces installation time and truck weight with its new, EcoDual-proprietary fuel tank mounting design; and
- provides multiple colors for tank enclosures to enable fleets to better match each truck.
Collectively, the improvements “directly drive greater cost savings and an improved driver experience.”
Like EcoDual’s existing dual fuel equipment, Max/SR 2.0 allows converted trucks to revert to full diesel operation if necessary.
Class 8 truck conversions to the EcoDual system start at about $25,000, says executive VP John Reale, with 40 to 50 diesel gallon equivalents of compressed natural gas.
Easier to Calculate ROI
The new warranty, he says, allows fleets to more accurately predict their return-on-investment time when switching to natural gas. “This is all about the bottom line,” he told F&F.
EcoDual’s goal, Donoughe says, is “scaling from onesies and twosies to tens and 20s and ultimately hundreds.” There are just shy of three dozen EcoDual systems in operation today.
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Source: EcoDual with Fleets & Fuels follow-up