Omnitek Engineering Corp. announced that a 12-liter natural gas engine manufactured by TEDOM s.r.o. Ltd. and equipped with Omnitek’s proprietary natural gas engine management system has received Euro 6 emissions certification. TEDOM, an engine and bus manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, is the company’s exclusive OEM customer in the region.
“The ability of Omnitek’s technology to meet the Euro VI emissions standards represents an important strategic advantage to both of our organizations. It should further accelerate demand for natural gas engines in Europe, as well as other world regions that require Euro VI certification,” explained Werner Funk, president and CEO of Omnitek Engineering Corp.
He also noted that most countries mandating compliance with Euro 6 emissions standards have expensive diesel fuel costs, which are essentially unaffected by lower oil prices due to the high fuel tax component. “This results in a large price delta between diesel and natural gas prices, which makes Euro 6-compliant natural gas engines particularly attractive to fleets operating in these countries,” he said.
Funk added he anticipates certain key projects commencing in the near future, as fleet managers have now completed analyzing the economic benefits of a pay-back period of less than two years for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions and also recognize the environmental considerations and related compliance issues with meeting emissions mandates.