Alliance To Produce Rebuilt Natural Gas Engines
Omnitek Engineering Corp., Vista, Calif., and Minneapolis, Minn.-based diesel engine remanufacturer Reviva have announced a strategic alliance to produce a drop-in natural gas engine replacement for the Navistar DT 466E and DT 530E heavy-duty truck engines. Omnitek said it expects to commence shipments of the remanufactured natural gas engines in the current quarter and has plans to offer additional engine models.
“This strategic alliance offers trucking fleets the option of ordering a completely remanufactured and ready to drop-in engine that incorporates Omnitek’s EPA-approved diesel-to-natural gas conversion kit,” said Werner Funk, president and chief executive officer of Omnitek Engineering Corp. “The assembly-line remanufacturing process offers the benefits of capacity, consistency and quality and a shortened conversion process. We look forward to working with Reviva in offering as-new natural gas converted engines to accelerate the transition of domestic heavy-duty fleets to natural gas.”
Funk said that Omnitek Engineering’s expanding conversion center partnerships throughout the United States and Canada are positioned to work with fleets and analyze the most efficient conversion option, either utilizing a remanufactured drop-in natural gas engine or an engine conversion during the scheduled diesel engine overhaul. Funk added that Omnitek’s conversion technology offers a projected payback on investment of less than two years, which he said was shorter than the projected payback for a new natural gas truck purchase.
Founded in 1944, Reviva is one of the largest independent diesel engine remanufacturers in North America, serving the on-road, off-road and refrigeration markets. “During the past few years, the movement to cleaner burning fuels has led to increased demand for a natural gas drop-in engine,” said Duane Wanner, chief operating officer of Reviva. “We have listened to our customers and are excited to offer another value-added solution.
“The alliance with Omnitek allows us to meet an expanding need with a solution that is tested, approved, sustainable and affordable. Considering Reviva’s capacity, this program is available to even the largest fleets.”