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May 17, 2012 by ShowTimes in ACT Expo 2012 with 0 Comments

The once-skeptical manufacturer has further pledged to bring the industry’s “broadest” range of natural gas-fueled Class 6-8 trucks to market.

Navistar International natural gas DuraStar at ACT Expo 2012

Navistar International natural gas DuraStar with 7.6-liter engine by Emission Solutions, Inc. and rail-mounted fuel tank assembly by Agility Fuel Systems with Quantum Type IV CNG cylinder.

“We’re convinced that the only alternative fuel in the truck industry today that makes sense both with and ultimately without government incentives is going to be natural gas,” Navistar chairman, president and CEO Dan Ustian told analysts in February.

“Clean Energy will guarantee fuel prices at a significant reduction from diesel for the term of five years,” Navistar says: “Government subsidies and incentives not required to make the economic model work.”

Clean Energy will cover the incremental cost of the trucks to be paid back as operators fuel at Clean Energy stations. “You get the same lease cost of a diesel truck and get fuel savings too,” says Jim Harger of Clean Energy.

The price spread between diesel and natural gas makes it possible. “There’s more than enough to cover the finance cost and put money in your pocket,” Harger told Fleets & Fuels.

If the spread shrinks over the coming five years? “I’m taking the risk,” he says.

“We’re convinced that the only alternative fuel in the truck industry today that makes sense both with and ultimately without government incentives is going to be natural gas.” —Navistar chairman, president 
and CEO Dan Ustian

Navistar says it will leverage “existing integrated vehicle and powertrain platforms [and] offer the broadest range of Class 6 through Class 8 CNG-/LNG-powered vehicles in the category.” The company will continue to offer International DuraStar and WorkStar vocational trucks with the natural gas-powered, 7.6-liter spark-ignition MaxxForce DT, developed with Emission Solutions, Inc. ESI plans a spark-ignition variant of Navistar’s 13-liter Big Bore diesel. “A lot of their senior management wants them to go dedicated,” ESI president Jim Moore says of Navistar.

Nearer term, Navistar is engaged with Clean Air Power for LNG-fueled ProStar, WorkStar and PayStar vocational trucks powered by diesel pilot injection – aka dual fuel – MaxxForce 13-liter engines. For the regional haul and Class 7 and Class 8 vocational market, Navistar will offer its International TranStar and WorkStar trucks with the 8.9-liter spark ignition Cummins Westport ISL G.

Navistar is at Booth 844. Clean Energy is at Booth 659. Cummins Westport is at Booth 239.

Navistar International and Clean Energy Fuels this year launched “a comprehensive natural gas strategy” designed to bring more options to operators committing to buy their fuel from Clean Energy.

Navistar International natural gas DuraStar with 7.6-liter engine by Emission Solutions, Inc. and rail-mounted fuel tank assembly by Agility Fuel Systems (Booth 224) with Quantum (251) Type IV CNG cylinder.

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