American Power Group, Inc. (APG), a subsidiary of GreenMan Technologies, Inc. has signed an EPA Test Vehicle Exemption agreement with Paper Transport Inc. to launch an over-the-road test of APG’s dual fuel system. The EPA exemption will allow APG to gather critical performance and emissions data on a pre-dual fuel and post-dual fuel basis to support recently announced EPA aftermarket approval requirements. The initial vehicle to be tested for Paper Transport will be a 2009 Freightliner Cascadia with a 14.8L Detroit Diesel DD15 Series engine.
Paper Transport Inc. is a regional fleet operator headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin with over 280 power units delivering goods and services to customers in dedicated and regional configurations. The company has regional fleets in the Upper-Midwest, Southeast, and the Central Plains as well as Intermodal drayage operations and a logistics offering. It already operates seven dedicated natural gas-powered trucks.
Lyle Jensen, GreenMan’s President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “On April 8, 2011, the EPA formally amended the alternative fuel aftermarket conversion regulations for light medium, and heavy duty vehicles, which opens the market for properly engineered conversion systems to literally millions of diesel trucks on the road today. The positive performance attributes of our APG V-3000 Dual Fuel System are well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.”
APG’s dual fuel system converts diesel engines and diesel generators to function more efficiently and at a lower operating cost (average net fuel cost savings of 25% – 35%) by seamlessly displacing 40% – 60% of the normal diesel fuel consumption with CNG, LNG, well-head gas, or biomethane. The system offers additional advantages of reduced emissions and extended engine life without loss of performance compared to diesel.
Paper Transport Inc.’s President, Jeff Shefchik stated, “We are committed to offering our customers economical and environmentally friendly transportation solutions. Our agreement to move forward with APG expands our commitment to converting more of our fuel consumption to natural gas.”
(This article compiled using information from a GreenMan Technologies, Inc. press release.)