American Power Group Corp. announced that Ervin Equipment, Inc. has expanded its product line to include glider kits with APG’s Turbocharged Natural Gas Dual Fuel Upgrade System.
As a result, an initial order of $800,000 was placed through WheelTime Network member Clarke Power Services Inc. as the lead authorized dealer. The 2014 Freightliner Columbia and Coronado glider kits will be powered by a rebuilt Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7L engine that has been upgraded with APG’s Turbocharged Natural Gas System.
The term glider kit refers to a truck that has a new frame, cab, electrical system, and front axle but must utilize rebuilt systems for two of the three drivetrain components which are the engine, the transmission or the rear axle. In addition to tax benefits, a glider allows the truck owner to power the vehicle with an older EPA approved emissions class engine.
APG’s EPA dual fuel tests show sustainability improvements that include an 80% reduction in CO and a 25% to 30% reduction in nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions compared to the base year diesel engine.