DODGE CENTER, Minn. (May 15, 2009) McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE: OSK) and leading manufacturer of refuse truck bodies and concrete mixers, announces the introduction of the first commercially manufactured compressed natural gas (CNG) concrete mixer. The McNeilus® CNG-powered mixer meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2010 heavy-duty engine emission standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM).
The McNeilus CNG-powered concrete mixers offer a clean fuel technology solution to the heavy-duty truck market and will help make the construction industry more environmentally friendly. When compared to their diesel engine counterparts, CNG-powered mixers offer lower fuel costs, reduced noise pollution and are six times cleaner, making them both more economical to run and environmentally friendly than diesel-powered mixers.
McNeilus applied for a grant with the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), the governing agency on air pollution for the Los Angeles South Coast Air Basin, to modify its prototype truck so it can be commercialized and sold. The project includes creating and conducting a six-month testing program, and developing documentation for the truck’s maintenance and operational use.
“We are looking forward to making this type of clean-fueled truck widely available to construction companies interested in promoting clean energy,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., Governing Board chairman of the SCAQMD. “It’s important to have natural gas vehicles for all applications, including heavy-duty construction equipment. This is a great example of how clean fuel technology is spreading to all kinds of vehicles.”
“Our experience as the only in-house manufacturer of CNG-powered refuse trucks made us the best company to work with SCAQMD in the development and commercialization of a CNG concrete mixer,” said Mike Wuest, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and Commercial Group president. “With our proven success in developing CNG turnkey solutions for refuse haulers, McNeilus is confident we will deliver the same quality and reliability on which McNeilus has built its reputation to our concrete customers.”
The CNG concrete mixers will be fitted with 6-cylinder, 8.9L Cummins ISL G engines developed by Cummins Westport of Canada. Cummins’ ISL G engine features cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and state-of-the-art electronic engine controls resulting in a high performance, clean-running and reliable engine that meets EPA 2010 heavy-duty engine emissions standards. McNeilus first plans to offer both Bridgemaster and Standard mixers on either the Kenworth W900 or T800 chassis. Other chassis manufacturers’ CNG platforms are pending.
Wuest noted that McNeilus spent several years researching and working to understand ways to obtain state and federal grants for alternative-fueled vehicles, as well as tax rebate programs associated with CNG-powered vehicles and fueling stations. McNeilus grant specialists help customers learn more about the benefits of CNG and assist in identifying and securing funding for CNG fleet conversion.
“Our CNG-powered concrete mixers demonstrate the company’s pioneering environmentally sustainable vehicle solutions and continued commitment to innovation that consumers can depend on to meet their heavy-duty vehicle needs,” added Wuest.
About McNeilus: McNeilus Companies, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is a leading manufacturer of refuse truck bodies, concrete mixers and batch plants. For more information on the company, go to www.mcneiluscompanies.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation: Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire and emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corp. manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, BAI®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline, SMIT, Geesink, Norba, Kiggen, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, go to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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