Idle-reduction supplier Webasto has teamed up with ESW Group, which provides emission control products, to integrate the two technologies in a way that allows fleets to obtain DERA (Diesel Emission Reduction Act) funding for emission control and idle reduction equipment.

Webasto makes fuel-operated heaters that eliminate the need to idle for engine pre-heat and interior cab comfort. ESW Group's DPF (diesel particulate filter) system removes diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of diesel engines.

"The synergy that is realized from combining the two technologies creates a truly green vehicle," says Webasto National Sales Manager Kurt Van Portfliet. "We are addressing overall emissions to create mission readiness while the vehicle is moving through its normal duty cycle."

The EPA awards funding for diesel emission reduction projects through competitive grants that are reviewed by the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The grants fund projects that reduce emissions from existing diesel engines through various strategies including emission control and idle reduction technologies.

Organizations that are eligible for the funding include regional, state and local agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Non-profit organizations that provide pollution reduction or educational services to organizations that own or operate diesel fleets such as school districts, municipalities, cities and counties are eligible for these grants.

"We are excited to partner with Webasto to not only educate fleets about these funding opportunities, but to also offer them industry-leading solutions to reduce their emissions," says Duane Bratvold, ESW director of customer and product support.

"The Webasto and ESW product integration provides fleets with great advantages in rough environments. It eliminates cold starts, reduces soot at start up and reduces frequency of regeneration."