American Power Group’s alternative energy subsidiary, American Power Group, Inc. (APG), has received online notification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its recent Clean Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Engine Conversion Submissions have been approved for the following Outside Useful Life (OUL) engines:
- Daimler/ Chrysler – OM457LA, OM460LA – (2000-2003)
- Volvo/Mack – E7, EM7, VE, D12 – (1996-2002)
- Cummins – C8.3, ISC, ISL, ISM, ISX, L10, N14,M11 – (1991-2002)
- Cummins – ISC, ISL – (2006-2009)
The submissions utilized APG’s V5000 Dual Fuel Turbocharged Natural Gas™ technology which is required to meet specific design, component, and emission compliance criteria per the EPA Final Rule 40CFR Parts 85 and 86.
Total OUL approvals now cover 449 engine model years for six of the most popular OEM engines utilised in the U.S.
Lyle Jensen, American Power Group Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Due to a growing interest in our dual-fuel glider kits as evidenced by the $800,000 glider kit order placed through our WheelTime Network member Clarke Power Services, Inc. in August, we have secured EPA approvals on these additional older model years. APG offers fleet operators the broadest range of OUL Class 8 truck engine model approvals than anyone in the industry for Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Daimler/Chrysler, Mack and Volvo engine families.
During our recent fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, we recognized over $1 million of OUL vehicular revenue as compared to approximately $270,000 during fiscal 2012. We enter fiscal 2014 with over $500,000 in OUL vehicular backlog and a constantly growing quotation pipeline created through our WheelTime Network partners, our regional dealers, and natural gas supply partners.
APG is also working toward having the first dual-fuel conversion technology to receive EPA Intermediate Useful Life (IUL) approval. “The IUL approval testing process has been more rigorous than the OUL testing/approval process as evidenced by the fact no one has received IUL approval for their dual-fuel technology. To accelerate our IUL testing/approval process we have engaged West Virginia University to begin IUL emissions testing on 2010-2012 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology engines which will open up the balance of the lower mileage addressable Class 8 truck market,” Jensen said.
“We believe the question is no longer will the United States and the global markets adopt dual-fuel technology on a large scale for high horsepower engine conversions, but rather when do we reach the tipping point where natural gas conversions become more of the mainstream. Full scale adoption of natural gas engines and dual-fuel conversions in the trucking industry are still hampered by an inadequate logistical match to the existing fueling infrastructure, but this hurdle is being overcome every single month as large industry players continue to deploy significant capital for fueling infrastructure,” Jensen concluded.