The presidents of three companies say their firms have entered the heavy-duty Class 7 and 8 diesel displacement market in the United States for the purpose of converting existing diesel engines to use a blend of propane or natural gas.
These companies claim their joint venture can reduce diesel consumption, reduce emissions and provide fuel cost savings up to 17 percent. And they will be on hand at next week’s 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) conference in Long Beach, Calif., to demonstrate their technology.
Stuart Weidie, president of Alliance AutoGas based in Swannanoa, N.C., will be joined by Bart van Aerle, president of Prins, which is based in the Netherlands, and Yvon Boisclair, president of BL Energie Canada, at the ACT Expo 2014, which runs from Monday through Thursday next week at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Announcing its entrance into the United States trucking industry at ACT, BL Energie USA, a joint venture of BL Energie Canada and Blossman Services, said it will provide EPA- and CARB-certified systems for diesel displacement systems. BL Energie USA will develop, certify, market and sell diesel displacement systems for heavy-duty Class 7 and 8 trucks. Prins Alternative Fuel Systems — a Dutch developer of vapor, liquid and direct injection engine technologies — will be the technology provider for BL Energie USA.
“Injecting propane autogas into heavy-duty diesel engines is an effective means of producing significant costs savings and reducing harmful emissions,” said Weidie of Alliance AutoGas. “Ninety-eight percent of propane is produced in the United States and the vast increase in the production of natural gas liquids, including propane, ensures a reliable fuel supply for American fleets. Proven vehicle technology is swiftly becoming available to the U.S. market which will allow the wider deployment of propane, the world’s third most popular fuel.”
The diesel displacement system blends up to 35 percent propane autogas into a diesel engine, thereby displacing 35 percent of diesel fuel. Propane autogas has averaged approximately $1.85 to $2.25 less per gallon than diesel over the past eight years and therefore, a heavy-duty tractor could reduce fuel cost by about 17 percent, depending on operating profile.
For more information, visit www.actexpo.com.