FPT Industrial Shows Natural Gas Engine Concept
Environmental sustainability is one of the most important challenges that the powertrain industry must tackle. With the aspiration to achieve air quality improvement and reduce the impact of heavy-duty vehicles on climate change, FPT Industrial showcased its Cursor 13 NG EVO Prototype during its Tech Day 2018 event.
The brand is a leader in the segment, with more than 40,000 natural gas (NG) engines sold worldwide in the last 20 years. Taking advantage of its experience, FPT Industrial started the Cursor 13 NG EVO R&D project with the aim to develop a highly innovative direct injection system for the next generation of heavy-duty NG engines. It is a user-friendly 100% mono-fuel engine, not requiring diesel nor urea refill systems. Moreover, it adopts a simple after-treatment, a 3-way catalyst without DPF, SCR and EGR.
The new positive ignition NG engine can improve brake thermal efficiency, increase torque and rated power, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have all improved by 10% when compared to the NG baseline engine.
The Cursor 13 NG EVO concept integrates different components to achieve these results and is supported by state-of-the-art simulation tools for hardware selection and optimization, as well as a single cylinder engine for testing and calibration.
FPT Industrial is also presenting its complete NG lineup for on-road applications. Today, the Brand has an engine portfolio that ranges from 3.0 to 12.9 l of displacement and power from 100 to 338 kW (134 to 453 hp), covering light and medium commercial vehicles, buses and trucks.
Natural Gas is the most sustainable solution that is immediately viable and cost-effective. Gas engines have a competitive total cost of ownership and low pump cost, while also delivering all the advantages of traditional thermal engines, including reliability.
Natural Gas can also lead the industry to a green future, since methane can be generated as a renewable fuel by recycling organic waste, reducing CO2 emissions nearly to zero.
Also, for more flexibility, each engine from the FPT Industrial NG portfolio can run on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), starting from “methane number” 70, as well as biomethane.
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