Partners Would Like to See Mid-2017 Market Debut for the Engine
The South Coast Air Quality Management District and allied organizations in California are looking to put together a $5.25 million funding package for a “Near Zero” version of the dedicated-natural gas 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport.
The ISX12 G NZ would follow certification of the joint venture’s 8.9-liter ISL G to just 0.02 grams of NOx/nitrogen oxides per brake-horsepower (F&F, October 6).
Cummins Westport is to begin manufacturing the ISL G NZ as an option for medium to heavy duty natural gas vehicles primarily transit buses and refuse trucks, this coming April. Backers of the ISX12 G NZ hope to see the larger Near Zero engine hit the market in the second or third quarter of 2017.
The proposed ISX12 G NZ project cost breakdown is
- Clean Energy Fuels, $500,000 for approximately 10% of the project cost;
- California Energy Commission, $1,000,000 for approximately 19%;
- Southern California Gas, $1,000,000 for approximately 19%;
- Cummins Westport (in-kind), $1,000,000 for approximately 19%; and
- SCAQMD (requested), $1,750,000 for 33%.
Cummins Westport has noted that the California Air Resources Board sees the emissions from the ISL G NZ as equivalent to a 100% battery truck using electricity from a modern combined cycle natural gas power plant.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s technical committee is to take up the issue this coming Friday.
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Source: SCAQMD and with Fleets & Fuels follow-up