Hiller Truck Tech to Perform Diesel-to-Natural Gas Conversions
Southern California-based Omnitek Engineering has named Hiller Truck Tech of Ayr, Ont. as an authorized diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion center “to address the increasing demand for natural gas powered heavy-duty engines in Canada.”
“Our EPA-approved diesel-to natural gas engine conversion technology offers fleet operators meaningful economic and environmental benefits,” president and CEO Werner Funk said in a release.
“Hiller Truck Tech is well-positioned from a technical and capacity standpoint to accelerate fleet conversions in Canada, and we look forward to working with this highly regarded service organization,” he said.
Class 8 Trucks First
Omnitek offers spark-ignition, kits for converting a wide range of diesel engines to dedicated natural gas.
Funk noted that Hiller will offer fleet operators a choice of either a diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion of a customer’s heavy-duty truck, or the option of purchasing a new glider built by Hiller with an overhauled and converted “drop-in” ready natural gas engine.
The first work by Hiller is likely to be for Class 8 trucks with Detroit Diesel Series 60 and Caterpillar C15 engines, he told F&F.
‘A Compelling Economic Proposition’
“Converting a diesel engine to natural gas during the normal engine overhaul cycle of an engine with a 20-year service life is a compelling economic proposition,” Funk says.
Omnitek cites reports indicating that the Canadian government is expected to allocate up to $8.3 billion on climate change initiatives over the next five years, “with Ontario expected to spend up to $100 million to help natural gas suppliers create more fuelling stations to encourage more trucks to switch from diesel or gasoline.”
“We are seeing renewed interest in diesel engine conversions from our customers, especially because of the environmental and economic benefits,” Hiller Truck Tech president David Hiller says in the Omnitek announcement.
A Push from Paris
“The recently signed 200-nation ‘Paris Agreement on Climate Change’ should attract further interest in the benefits of Omnitek’s technology and the utilization of natural gas,” he said.
“Natural gas powered heavy-duty trucks will help in achieving these goals, and utilizing diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions rather than purchasing new more expensive trucks will substantially increase the percentage of natural gas vehicles in the truck population,” said Funk.
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Source: Omnitek with Fleets & Fuels follow-up