American Power Group debuts severe-duty, dual-fuel glider

LOUISVILLE. A new dual-fuel glider kit for 2015 Freightliner 122SD vehicles has been introduced by American Power Group. The “Fueled by Flare” severe-duty glider kit was designed and assembled by Harrison Truck Centers (HTC) as a vocational vehicle for oil and gas, mining, logging, and over-sized load trucking applications.

Back in February, APG announced it had been selected by Harrison Truck Centers to provide APG’s Turbocharged Natural Gas Dual Fuel System for HTC’s new dual fuel heavy-duty and severe-duty glider kit product line launch.

Harrison Truck Centers is an Iowa-based, full service Freightliner/Western Star dealership.

A Freightliner glider kit is designed, engineered and assembled alongside new Freightliner trucks giving the prospective fleet owner everything a new truck offers except for two of the three main driveline components (engine, transmission, or rear axle). The fleet owner can either recapitalize any of the driveline components from their existing unit or specify a factory installed remanufactured engine or reman rear axle.

Freightliner glider kits are available in day cab or sleeper units with a wide range of options at a much lower cost compared to a new diesel truck, APG said.

APG has EPA engine family approvals for all six engine platforms that HTC uses in their glider kits.

“We look forward to participating again in this year’s MATS conference and are excited to spot light our new Fueled By Flare dual fuel natural gas system,” said Lyle Jensen, APG’s CEO. “A convergence of technologies now allows wellhead/flared gas in the oil and gas fields to be filtered and conditioned to harvest the methane, propane and butane contained in what has been considered a waste gas by the exploration and production companies. Over 70% of APG’s dual fuel stationary oil rig conversions are operating on conditioned wellhead gas. We also have our first drilling rig operating successfully on high-BTU conditioned wellhead/flared gas in the Bakken region of North Dakota, an area that is facing significant penalties and restrictions associated with the flaring of their wellhead gas. While there are significant opportunities associated with the use of conditioned wellhead gas in stationary oil and gas drilling applications, we see a much larger addressable market in the thousands of heavy-duty trucks supporting the oil and gas exploration industry.”

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