Webasto, ESW Group partner to assist fleets in going green

Webasto Product North America and ESW Group have joined forces to offer an integrated solution to fleets and municipalities that will give them the opportunity to obtain Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding.

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

Webasto’s engine-off heaters and ESW’s diesel particulate filters (DPF) are a fit for this funding, Webasto said.

Webasto offers high-efficiency heaters tat provide many benefits to fleets and owner operators including fuel savings, reduced engine wear, driver comfort and safety in addition to helping them comply with anti-idling regulations, the company said. ESW Group’s DPF 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,” said Kurt Van Portfliet, Webasto national sales manager. “We are addressing overall emissions to create mission readiness while the vehicle is moving through its normal duty cycle.”

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. 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” said Duane Bratvold, director of customer and product support, ESW.  “Our goal is to help fleets become green, which in turn helps the communities where they operate.”

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