Commercial truck biofuel conversion system introduced
Optimus Technologies announces the launch of a first-to-market biofuel conversion system, the Optimus Vector System.
Optimus says its solution reduces fuel costs up to 25 percent, reduces emissions up to 80 percent, and addresses alternative fuel mandates much more easily than other alternative fuel solutions such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Medium- and heavy-duty fleets can realize significant savings, with the potential for a payback of less than one year, from Optimus’ purpose-built solution, the company says. Vector prices start at $9,000.
“We expect Vector to be used on intermediate- and beyond-useful-life engines initially,” says Colin Huwyler, CEO and founder of Optimus Technology. “That said we see the day when biofuel solutions will be provided by engine manufacturers on new trucks as well. This vision is driven by the knowledge that other alternative fuel solutions are prohibitively expensive and do not provide the same results as biofuels.”
Building on five years of research and development, Optimus developed the Vector system, a combination of patent-pending hardware and software, to help commercial and government fleets reduce emissions and save money.
Currently, Optimus says it is seeking its first certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use with the Navistar DT466 engines between the model years 2004 and 2006. Certification and full production shipments are expected in the second quarter of 2014.
As a bi-fuel solution, Optimus’ Vector runs in parallel to a truck’s existing diesel system – without significantly modifying, replacing or rebuilding the engine.
Optimus says Vector enables the engine to run almost exclusively on biofuel to optimize fuel savings and emission performance, with diesel being used during startup, shutdown or fallback operation, if necessary. Vector is a rugged, intelligent system that eliminates issues commonly associated with pure biofuels, such as clogging, corrosion and coking, the company says. Built to operate in the harshest temperature ranges, Optimus’ Vector system is compatible with all modern emission after-treatment systems such as selective catalytic reduction systems (SCRs) and diesel particulate filters (DPF), the company says.