Omnitek Engineering Corp. has received a Certificate of Conformity from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for diesel to natural gas engine conversions of the Caterpillar C15 engine family (model years 1993 – 2006).
The certificate allows engine conversions to proceed in 49 US states and includes the Caterpillar 3406E, C15, C15 ACERT and C16 engine models.
Omnitek will offer 100% dyno-tested ‘drop-in’ ready converted engines, configured for quick installation. An assembly line engine remanufacturing/conversion process will assure that engines are in ‘as new’ condition.
Commenting on the news, Werner Funk, President and CEO of Omnitek, said: "The CAT C15 engine family remains extremely popular for Class 8 truck applications, and we have received strong interest from customers. The pent up demand for a natural gas C15 engine bodes well for the company, as we expect strong sales momentum in the quarters ahead as fleet customers take advantage of the favorable economics of natural gas and our ‘drop-in’ engine program.
“Diesel-to-natural gas engines conversions are a viable and cost-effective option for Gliders and fleets, and our industry-leading product portfolio and technology offer fleet operators compelling reasons to convert to natural gas.
"As engines are converted to use 100% natural gas, CNG or LNG, the payback on a diesel-to-natural gas truck conversion can be as short as 16 months, including the cost for the engine, fuel storage system and installation labour. This is a significant improvement compared with diesel-dual fuel technology, which uses a mix of diesel and only a small amount of natural gas.”
Image courtesy of Caterpillar.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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