Diesel → Natural Gas Conversion Kit Cuts Diesel Use by 71%, PM by 80%, NOx by 15%
8 January 2005
Initial testing of Hybrid Fuel Systems’ conversion kits to retrofit medium and heavy-duty diesels for dual-fuel operation with natural gas showed reductions in PM emissions of 78.9% and NOx emissions of 15%, according to results from an independent laboratory. Use of the Fuel 2 kit enabled a 71.2% displacement of diesel with natural gas.
The results are in a report provided to Hybrid as part of a process under which the company is trying to be approved by the EPA and CARB as an emission control device.
Hybrid’s Fuel 2 kit allows the diesel engine to run on either compressed or liquefied natural gas. The Fuel 2 kit retails for $4,500. Fuel storage tanks, catalyst and linkage will bump the total cost per conversion up to around $10,000.
Hybrid Fuels has an interesting business story behind it, detailed in a profile in the Tampa Tribune.
Hybrid Fuel Systems Inc. had $6 in the bank in late 2003 when the company was taken over by a firm that tries to salvage struggling businesses.
There was much that needed attention at the company, which makes parts and software to convert diesel engines to run primarily on less expensive and cleaner-burning natural gas.
For one, Hybrid Fuel had $2.4 million in debt and had not patented technology essential to the company’s future. Just as troublesome, the conversion kits often were cobbled together, making it difficult for customers to reliably retrofit huge fleets of vehicles.
Much has changed in a year. The company has paid all but $300,000 of its debt and has streamlined the conversion technology into uniform kits. Late last month, the company got approval to trade shares on the over-the-counter bulletin board. Shares traded on the over-the-counter market at 70 cents by end of business Wednesday.
The company hopes to receive CARB and EPA approval in the next few months.
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