Optimus Technologies announced the launch of a first-to-market biofuel conversion system, the Optimus Vector System. Optimus’ solution reduces fuel costs up to 25 percent and reduces emissions up to 80 percent, according to the company. 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. Vector prices start at $9,000.
Currently, Optimus is seeking its first certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use with the Navistar DT466 engines between model-years 2004 and 2006. Certification and full production shipments are expected in the second quarter of 2014. Field trials, certifications, and shipments supporting other engines are planned for later this spring and summer.
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. The 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.
Optimus’ Vector system is compatible with all modern emission after-treatment systems such as selective catalytic reduction systems (SCRs) and diesel particulate filters (DPF). Compared to other alternative fuel solutions, Optimus’ solution does not require expensive new fuel station facilities, relatively expensive truck conversions, significant operator training or special safety certifications, according to the company.