Omnitek Engineering Corp. has received an initial order for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kits designed and EPA-approved for the 12 liter Mack E7 engine from Chesapeake, Virginia-based TFC Recycling.
The initial order for conversion kits is part of TFC Recycling’s goal to convert its entire fleet of more than 100 vehicles to operate on natural gas. Omnitek appointed TFC Recycling in June 2013 as an authorized installation center for its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion systems in the region.
“The conversion of its own fleet to operate on natural gas provides a ‘working showroom’ for potential trucking fleet customers in the region who are interested in transitioning from diesel to natural gas. We look forward to accelerating the delivery of natural gas converted ‘drop-in’ engines to TFC Recycling through our strategic alliance with Minneapolis, Minnesota-based diesel engine re-manufacturer Reviva,” said Werner Funk, president and chief executive officer of Omnitek Engineering Corporation.
The company expects to obtain EPA and CARB approval for additional diesel engine models to address increasing interest from trucking fleets that operate with other models of diesel engine. EPA certification was granted mid-2014 for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of all Mack E7 electronic engines up to model year 2006, allowing engine conversions to proceed in 49 States and covering 166 Mack E7 engine/model/power variations.
Funk noted that Omnitek’s conversion technology offers a projected payback on investment of less than two years – a significant advantage compared with a projected payback-period of five-to-seven years for a new natural gas truck purchase.
Tidewater Fibre Corporation (TFC Recycling)’s fleet of more than 180 collection and transfer vehicles includes 22 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. TFC’s fleet maintenance facility was the first vehicle maintenance facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia designed to meet all local, state and federal CNG building requirements. TFC is capable of servicing up to 20 CNG vehicles at one time and has the capacity to provide fleet services to third parties, including CNG vehicle maintenance.
(Source: Omnitek Engineering)