American Power Group, Inc. announced a partnership with Fitzgerald Glider Kits and WheelTime to offer the nation’s first natural gas dual fuel glider. APG is debuting the glider at its booth at The Mid-America Truck Show this week.
The unit will be available on June 1.
“We expect the 2013 Fitzgerald/APG Dual Fuel Glider to become one of most innovative and exciting new Class 8 vehicles on the road, with 20 to 30 percent lower net fuel costs as compared to standard diesel engines and up to 70 percent lower annual maintenance costs,” says Lyle Jensen APG president and CEO.
“The introduction of a Dual Fuel Glider, coupled with the resources provided by the Fitzgerald/WheelTime Network/APG collaboration, could be the game-changer that accelerates the transition of Class 8 truck fleets to natural gas as an alternative fuel.”
APG says the Fitzgerald glider kit is basically a new truck delivered without an engine, transmission or accessory components and parts. Fitzgerald works with Freightliner and offers a variety of new model year Columbia and Coronado cab options. APG says Fitzgerald assembles gliders with rebuilt Detroit Series 60 12.7 liter engines from the WheelTime Network and remanufactured transmissions from Eaton Fuller.
By adding APG’s V5000 Turbocharged Natural Gas System to a Fitzgerald Glider, APG says customers can realize the additional benefits of today’s favorable price spread between diesel fuel and natural gas.