First trial trucks should be in operation in late 2013
Clean Air Power, developer of dual-fuel combustion technology that enables heavy-duty diesel engines to operate on a combination of diesel and natural gas, has successfully completed the feasibility evaluation of a Genesis EDGE solution for the US market and their Board has approved the internal development program. The work was carried out by Clean Air Power’s Technical Advisory Board, chaired by Prof. Dr Karl Viktor Schaller.
The Genesis EDGE product is Clean Air Power’s proprietary after-market dual-fuel system that can be retrofitted on customers’ existing vehicles and, according to the company, is already proving successful in Europe. The Directors believe that the combination of low relative cost and a large domestically produced natural gas supply in North America will prove to be strong economic drivers to fuel the future adoption of this technology in the US market. The development program is scheduled to last for 18 months and it is anticipated that the first trial trucks should be in operation in late 2013 with production in the US expected by early 2014.
Clean Air Power’s primary goal is to develop an interfaced system with a US OEM but a Genesis EDGE program will allow the Company to control the development and timings of a US product launch to meet demand from both existing and potential customers in North America.
John Pettitt, CEO of Clean Air Power, said: “We are pleased that the evaluation has confirmed the viability of developing the Genesis EDGE system for North America. It complements our offering in Europe and reinforces the message that natural gas is an increasingly significant fuel for truck operators and dual-fuel technology is capable of replacing the majority of heavy duty truck diesel consumption. We therefore see a significant opportunity for our Genesis EDGE product in the US market.”
(This article compiled using information from a Clean Air Power press release)