Omnitek Engineering Corp., a California-based developer of proprietary diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion systems, has appointed Hiller Truck Tech Inc., an Ontario-based provider of environmentally sensitive truck servicing, 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. 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,” said Werner Funk, president and chief executive officer Omnitek Engineering Corp.
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. He added that Ontario, Canada recently announced multi-year greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals: 15 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent in 2030 and 80 per cent in 2050.
“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. Furthermore, 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 said.
Recent industry reports indicate 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. 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, and we look forward to working with Omnitek to help Canada to meet its sustainability goals,” said David Hiller, president of Hiller Truck Tech.
(Source: Omnitek Engineering)