Ervin Equipment Inc., an Illinois-based supplier of new and pre-owned semi-trailers and trucks, has expanded its product line to include glider kits with American Power Group's (APG) Turbocharged Natural Gas Dual Fuel Upgrade System.
As a result, APG reports an initial order of $800,000 was placed through WheelTime Network member Clarke Power Services Inc. as the lead authorized dealer. The 2014 Freightliner Columbia and Coronado glider kits will be powered by a rebuilt Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7 L engine that has been upgraded with APG's Turbocharged Natural Gas System.
The term “glider kit” refers to a truck that has a new frame, cab electrical system and front axle but must utilize rebuilt systems for two of the three drivetrain components, APG explains.
‘We believe a natural gas dual fuel glider kit is one of the most exciting new truck options to hit the market and gives the fleet owner the absolute lowest total cost of ownership in managing their business,” says Greg Ervin, CEO of Ervin Equipment Inc.
Last year, APG selected WheelTime to help expand the North American market for its conversion platform. Lyle Jensen, CEO of APG, notes the partnership is generating results.
“As anticipated, we are seeing a substantial number of dual fuel glider kit and dual fuel engine upgrade conversion opportunities being generated through the WheelTime Authorized Dealer Network,” Jensen says. “We expect to have multiple certified installer locations operating in many major regional markets by the end of the calendar year.’