WheelTime Network LLC (Wheeltime) plans to launch a network challenge to expand the normal boundaries of MPG (miles per gallon) thinking and look to significantly increase fuel savings for its customers by using current and readily available American Power Group, Inc. (APG) dual-fuel technology and other cost saving initiatives. President and CEO Mike Delaney said, “Today, we already have customers reporting a $.15 to $.20 per mile savings using APG’s dual-fuel solution.”
“These early savings are impressive, but we believe there is still significant upside in total dual-fuel savings potential. By changing the way we think about fuel, and by combining new but readily available technology with driver training, driver incentives, effective route planning, and other off-the-shelf technologies, we think we can take net fuel savings much higher. We want people to see what an average fleet can do right now without waiting.”
On November 28, 2012, American Power Group Corporation’s subsidiary APG signed a National Distributor and Master Marketing Agreement with WheelTime. Under the agreement, WheelTime endorsed American Power Group’s dual-fuel conversion technology to its 18 member companies and encouraged each member to become a certified installer and authorized dealer of APG Vehicular Turbocharged Natural Gas Systems. All WheelTime member companies have agreed to become dealers and installers of APG’s dual-fuel technology.
“The use of natural gas is key to improving fuel savings, but there are challenges that are slowing the transition and general adoption,” said Delaney. “Right now, finding high-payback applications for 100% dedicated natural gas vehicles is one of those challenges, when you consider the initial capital investment, availability of on-route fueling stations and the increased maintenance costs. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t natural gas solutions available to the average fleet right now. APG’s dual fuel system offers a great alternative to dedicated natural gas, and a way around many of the obstacles getting in the way of natural gas adoption. For instance, it makes a lot of sense for vehicles where the absolute routing isn’t going to be certain over the life of the vehicle — and that’s a real break-through for most fleets.”
WheelTime has begun development of a prototype program with select fleet customers to redefine the boundaries of readily achievable average fuel economy using dual-fuel technology.
The WheelTime “No Limits” fuel economy initiative will look at the following:
- Optimized use of APG’s Dual Fuel Technology
- Advanced APG Dual-Fuel Glider Utilization
- Route and Fuel Tank Optimization
- Driver Education & Incentives
- Use of Real-World Fleet For-Hire Applications
- Benchmarking, Measurement and Continuous Improvement
Lyle Jensen, American Power Group Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “In an industry where heavy-duty fleet owners are typically looking to save a few pennies per mile, we have the opportunity for a paradigm shift in how we think about net fuel savings. WheelTime’s “No Limits” fuel economy initiative is designed to intentionally break through the historical barriers of what is possible and actually demonstrate what is available today. Those fleets that engage and adopt these dual-fuel initiatives will redefine their market competitiveness for any desired route while simultaneously improving their bottom line.”
Delaney concluded, “In 2013, WheelTime made a commitment to become a center of excellence for natural gas technology installation and service. Since then, WheelTime members have completed more than 150 fuel system/tank installations with future customer orders predicted to more than triple that number in 2014. We have trained technicians representing 43 of our locations. More classes are scheduled and we will continue to expand training in 2014 to keep pace with the expanding demand.”
(Source: American Power Group Corporation)