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APG to fit trucks with dual-fuel engines

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American Power Group, Inc. (APG) has been selected by Harrison Truck Centers (HTC) to provide its Turbocharged Natural Gas® Dual Fuel System for the company’s new heavy-duty and severe-duty glider kit product line launch.

In collaboration with WheelTime Network's Interstate Power Systems, HTC will install APG's dual-fuel systems and associated natural gas storage tanks at HTC's glider kit production facility in Elk Run Heights, Iowa. Target markets will include heavy-haul on-highway glider kits and HTC's first severe-duty dual fuel glider kits for the oil and gas, logging, and mining industries.

Dual-fuel solutions

Brian Harrison, Harrison Truck Center's President and CEO, commented: "We are truly excited about adding APG's dual-fuel solution as a glider kit option and are even more pleased that we now have a viable mainstream solution to address the underserved high horsepower natural gas engine market. With the exception of APG's dual-fuel solution, we have not found a natural gas engine solution above 400 hp that can meet the demands and power performance of heavy-haul and severe-duty vocational trucks, especially in extreme and severe operating environments.

"We currently have two APG severe-duty glider trucks operating in some of the harshest oil and gas field environments in the US and are experiencing great performance results and high up-time. Our marketing launch will start this spring with a Freightliner 122SD Severe-Duty Dual Fuel Glider Kit being displayed at several national truck, oil and gas and alternative fuel vehicular conferences. We expect dual fuel gliders will be rolling off the production line by early-summer."

Trucking industry

Lyle Jensen, APG’s CEO, added: "We continue to see a strong interest in on-highway dual fuel glider kits across the US and are pleased to partner with Harrison Truck Centers to open up the severe-duty vocational market with APG's Dual Fuel solution. Today, the heavy-haul trucking industry does not have a viable natural gas engine option for the 400 to 600 hp Class 8 trucks.

“During 2014, several dedicated natural gas engine OEM's cancelled or delayed their 13 litre and 15 litre natural gas engine development leaving a huge gap in the Class 8 natural gas engine coverage. Heavy-haul fleet owners and natural gas fueling suppliers who were counting on having a 13L and 15L natural gas engine solution are showing more interest in the benefits of converting existing high-horsepower diesel engines to operate on APG's dual-fuel system. As a result, we are gaining more attention in this specific niche of natural gas engines as people discover APG's ability to pull the heavier loads while maintaining diesel-like performance.

"While the current annual on-highway glider market is reported to be in excess of 5000 vehicles per year, the number of heavy-duty and severe-duty trucks in the oil and gas, logging and mining industries are estimated to total in the tens of thousands and represents a significant new addressed market segment."

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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