With the goal to convert its entire fleet of more than 100 vehicles to operate on natural gas, Virginia-based TFC Recycling has placed an initial order for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kits with Omnitek Engineering Corp., the supplier reports.
The conversion kits are designed and EPA-approved for the 12-liter Mack E7 engine.
In June 2013 Omnitek appointed TFC Recycling, the state’s largest recyler, as an authorized installation center for its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion systems in the region.
“The conversion of its own fleet to operate on natural gas provides a ‘working showroom’ for potential trucking fleet customers in the region who are interested in transitioning from diesel to natural gas,” says Werner Funk, president and CEO of Omnitek.
The delivery of the natural gas converted ‘drop-in’ engines to comes through Omnitek’s strategic alliance with diesel engine remanufacturer Reviva, Funks adds.
The company says it expects to obtain EPA and CARB approval for additional diesel engine models to address increasing interest from trucking fleets that operate with other diesel engine models.
Funk also notes that Omnitek’s conversion technology offers a projected payback on investment of less than two years – a significant advantage compared with a projected payback-period of five-to-seven years for a new natural gas truck purchase.