OTTAWA, ON (February 2, 2021) The Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) announced today an investment of $250,000 in Hiller Truck Tech’s (HTT) dual-fuel engine technology for heavy-duty vehicles. During this one-year project, HTT will develop and demonstrate this technology to support the displacement of diesel fuel in heavy-duty vehicles with affordable, low-emission natural gas.
HTT, headquartered in Ayr, Ontario, is an engineering, performance and conversion specialist serving the trucking industry since 2004 with products and services that support the reduction of fleet operating costs and emissions.
With the support from NGIF, together with further contributions from the National Research Council, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Transport Canada, the University of Toronto, ICOM and HC Matcon, HTT’s project will convert two heavy-duty diesel vehicles to natural gas-diesel dual-fuel vehicles, optimize the vehicle performance, and subsequently demonstrate the advanced technology through field applications. This technology is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty diesel vehicles by approximately 15 per cent to 20 per cent and reduce particulate matter emissions from the engine by more than 90 per cent.
“NGIF’s funding support and guidance has allowed Hiller Truck Tech to advance its technology for use in heavy-duty vehicles. We are excited to work with this group and other funding partners to achieve optimal results and re-define the trucking industry,” said David Hiller, President, HTT.
“NGIF is excited to be working with the dynamic team at Hiller Truck Tech to support the development of their dual-fuel engine technology that reduces emissions and operating costs for the trucking industry,” said John Adams, Managing Director, NGIF. “Hiller Truck Tech is seen as a leader in this field and we are pleased to be working with them to advance the opportunity for natural gas vehicles.”
The natural gas utilities providing funding support through NGIF to this project include ATCO, Enbridge Gas Inc., FortisBC, Pacific Northern Gas Ltd., and SaskEnergy.
“The heavy-duty trucking sector produces significant volumes of air emissions, affecting air quality. Hiller Truck Tech’s engine technology can address this environmental concern, and offer possible fuel cost savings,” said Timothy Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association. “Hiller Truck Tech’s innovative products will help build a more robust natural gas vehicle industry. CGA looks forward to seeing the company’s work in this area expand.”
NGIF Investors supporting Hiller Truck Tech’s project:
About Hiller Truck Tech
Hiller Truck Tech specializes in environmentally-conscious and fuel-saving trucking improvements, delivering innovative and economical solutions to fleets across Ontario. With the goal of reducing the carbon footprint on our highways and roads, Hiller Truck Tech has become a leader in converting trucks from diesel to natural gas. As an authorized conversion centre, it has the proficiency to switch any type of truck to either 100 per cent natural gas or dual-fuel alternative.
About the Natural Gas Innovation Fund
NGIF is an industry-led, industry-funded, granting organization created by the Canadian Gas Association that seeks to accelerate cleantech innovation in the production, pipeline transmission, and end-use of natural gas. In doing so, we aim to improve the environmental and economic performance of all in the sector. Our belief is that affordable, reliable, environmentally sound natural gas is a foundational fuel for Canada’s long-term well-being.
Canadian Gas Association
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Natural Gas Innovation Fund
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