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Emerging Engine Technology Offers Lowered TCO While Significantly Reducing Emissions

March 15, 2023

Source: ACT News

While clean vehicle technology has taken gigantic leaps forward in the last decade, there is still a long road ahead to meet the aggressive zero-emission goals waiting on the too-near horizon.

Fleets are not unwilling to change, but in many cases do not have the money, manpower, or management to make a move that could disrupt their business, making complementary technologies an important ally for decarbonizing transportation quickly. According to last year’s State of Sustainable Fleets, 85% of those surveyed reported that their use of clean vehicle technologies will grow during the next five years. In that time, these fleets will balance the costs associated with these emerging technologies, as well as approaching solutions in a multi-tiered manner. Not all routes are the same, especially for long-haul fleets, and no one application will solve all these issues in the near future.

For many fleets, they will have to balance the good of the company with the good of the community.

ClearFlame Engine Technologies and its engine modification solution started as a seed in the labs of Stanford University and Argonne National Laboratory. By keeping most of the nuts and bolts of this tried-and-true engine technology, the team has developed a way to use various liquid renewable fuels, such as ethanol and methanol, with heavy-duty engines to substantially reduce emissions and improve total cost of ownership (TCO) — a must for any over-the-road fleet.

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