Kohler Engines is expanding its electronic fuel injection (EFI) technology with the introduction of the Confidant EFI, Command Pro EFI ECH440 and the Command Pro EFI 999cc. All three engines use Kohler’s closed-loop EFI technology.
Like the company’s existing EFI engines, the new models are expected to deliver fuel savings of 25 percent compared with similar Kohler carbureted engines under comparable load conditions.
With Kohler’s closed-loop EFI, an oxygen sensor in the muffler continuously monitors the air/fuel mixture. If the mixture strays from the ideal level, the sensor triggers adjustments to the amount of fuel injected into the system.
“Our new Kohler Confidant series is fulfilling a need in the rapidly growing ZTR market with an engine that makes commercial-grade performance available at a lower price point,” said Eric Hudak, marketing manager for consumer ride and walk engines.
Hudak said Kohler’s “automotive-grade” EFI system also has a higher tolerance to poor fuel – namely, fuel that’s 10 percent ethanol.
Kohler dealers are equipped to handle servicing of the company’s engines quickly. More than 3,000 of Kohler’s proprietary EFI diagnostic software kits are already at dealers nationwide.
Meanwhile, the company’s new Confidant EFI line will include four engines ranging from 20 to 27 horsepower.
Rounding out its extensive exhibition at GIE+EXPO last week was the Kohler Command PRO EFI 999cc, which was designed for large commercial mowing equipment. The new engine delivers up to 38 horsepower and 55.3 ft-lb of torque.