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Omnitek receives EPA approval for 12L diesel-to-natural gas converted Mack E7 engine

9 June 2014

Omnitek Engineering Corp. has received a Certificate of Conformity from the US Environmental Protection Agency applicable for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of all Mack E7 electronic engines up to model year 2006. The Certificate of Conformity allows engine conversions to proceed in 49 States and covers 166 Mack E7 engine/model/power variations; the Mack E7 is a popular engine for waste collection companies.

Omnitek will offer 100% dyno-tested “drop-in” ready converted engines, configured for quick installation. An assembly line engine remanufacturing/conversion process performed by the company’s strategic partner Reviva, based in Minneapolis, will assure that engines are in as-new condition.

There is significant pent up demand for converting the popular Mack E7 engine model to natural gas. 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 engine conversions are a viable and cost-effective option for fleets to transition to natural gas within a practical timeframe.

—Werner Funk, president and CEO of Omnitek Engineering

Omnitek’s conversion technology for the Mack E7 engine has already been validated on California roads, following the completion of 21 Mack E7 engine conversions under a California Air Resources Board (ARB) test permit in cooperation with one of the largest refuge collection companies in the United States.

We anticipate conversions of refuse collection trucks will comprise a large portion of the Mack E7 business. Furthermore, we look forward to finalizing the development of the Detroit Diesel Series 60 and Caterpillar C15 engine conversion kits.

—Werner Funk

Funk noted the high engine power and favorable emissions of the diesel-to-natural gas converted Mack E7 engine attributed to Omnitek’s patented technology—producing 400 horsepower with low NOx emissions of 0.14 gr/bhp-hr, per the EPA SET emissions test protocol without the use of EGR.

The company’s diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion technology was selected as the best technology under a competitive grant process by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for a pilot project. The company’s diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion technology has been validated with more than 5,000 engine conversions completed worldwide.

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