American Power Group Corporation’s 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 Submission has been approved for the following Intermediate Useful Life (IUL) engines:
Volvo/Mack D12, D13, E7, MP8 11.9L to 12.8L (2012 to 2004)
The submission utilized APG’s latest V5000 Dual Fuel Turbocharged Natural Gas® technology which is required to meet specific design, componentry and emission compliance criteria per the EPA Final Rule 40CFR Parts 85 and 86. These 28 IUL approvals include APG’s first dual-fuel conversion approval of the Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) engine technology which meets or exceeds the current stringent EPA OEM certified engine emission criteria (2010 and newer). These IUL approvals are in addition to APG’s industry leading 456 EPA approvals already received for Outside Useful Life (OUL) engines covering six of the top seven OEM engine platforms for model years from 2009 to the mid 1990’s.
Lyle Jensen, American Power Group Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “The magnitude and strategic importance of this first series of IUL approvals marks another important milestone for APG and has multiple value-add implications:
- The IUL addressable market is strategically important because it allows APG access to the medium to large fleet owners who operate 300+ vehicles and keep their trucks 4-5 years. Our WheelTime partners, as well as our new natural gas supply partners, have told us obtaining IUL approval is critical to getting in front of these larger national and regional fleet operators. We estimate another 600,000 – 700,000 Class 8 trucks fall into the IUL designation. We now have a verified and repeatable process which, in conjunction with last week’s capital raise, will allow us to accelerate additional IUL testing in calendar year 2015 for the remaining four to five targeted IUL OEM engine family models.
- APG’s approved Volvo/Mack IUL engine models are typically utilized in trucks with “return to base” route profiles which we believe make them an ideal candidate for natural gas conversion. We have secured a list from R.L. Polk of approximately 11,000 U.S. registered Volvo/Mack owners representing over 72,000 trucks for model years between 2010 and 2013. We have several companies that have been waiting for our Volvo/Mack IUL approvals and additionally will be launching an APG dual fuel awareness campaign to advise other Volvo/Mack fleet owners of our IUL approvals and the significant competitive advantage our V5000 Dual Fuel Turbocharged Natural Gas® solution provides.
- A significant environmental benefit of our dual fuel solution that was validated during our IUL testing was our ability to measurably reduce nitrous oxides (NOx) below the current EPA national emissions standards. There is an increased interest level in technologies that reduce diesel-related NOx emissions as evidenced by our recent press release where the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality deemed APG’s current 456 OUL engine families eligible for grant application under the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP). APG will be submitting these additional 28 IUL approvals for inclusion in the TERP grant program. We believe an OEM SCR engine operating in APG’s dual fuel mode produces some of the lowest NOx readings in the industry and will become eligible for additional Federal, State, and Corporate emission reduction consideration.
Mr. Jensen concluded, “The EPA regulations restrict conversion of model years that are two years or newer unless compliance demonstration and engine certification is obtained which we believe is not economically viable. However, we recently received EPA clarification that the definition of two model years or newer for conversions will be based on the engine model year not the vehicle model year. This is extremely significant because new Class 8 vehicles typically operate with OEM certified engines that are one model year older than the chassis. Therefore, with additional planned IUL approvals in calendar 2015, we will be able to sell APG’s dual-fuel system to owners of 2014 tractors with IUL approved 2013 model year engines. This will provide customers the ability to install and realize our dual fuel benefits one year earlier than previously thought and improve the total cost of ownership by one year which is important for the larger fleets who keep their tractors for 4-5 years.”