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New EPA Truck Fuel Rules May Increase Demand for "Green" Transportation Tech

Ritchie Russell, CFO of Cleantechnics International, is preparing for a surge in demand for its fuel filtering technologies in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's recently implemented rules on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel for over-the-road trucks, as well as the subsequent similar implementation for heavy equipment.

The EPA rule states that any truck engines manufactured in 2007 or after must use only ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and install additional equipment that costs in excess of $5000. The debate centers around reduced fuel efficiency, supply concerns and increased costs for truckers and fleet operators.

Operators are responding by postponing the purchase of new trucks and applying technologies to extend engine life. While the intent in this case is only to enable the truck operator to delay purchase of a new vehicle, some of the available technologies are also known for their "green" benefits.

For example, the Cleantechnics bypass filter system not only extends engine life by more than 20 percent, but also increases fuel efficiency by as much as 5 percent, multiplies the distance between oil changes by a factor of more than twenty, and reduces associated waste oil by the same amount. In addition, the CTI filter system is transferable from one truck to another so that, as owners eventually dispose of their pre-2007 trucks, they can continue their oil savings and enhance pollution reduction with their new vehicle.

"We believe that keeping pre-2007 trucks in operation is not only a smart business decision, but it's also a good environmental one," says Ritchie Russell, CFO of Cleantechnics. "Postponing the disposal of a truck engine in itself is a significant environmental benefit. But those who also choose to optimize their decision through the application of technologies to extend engine life and reduce environmental impact are reducing pollution of all types even further. We anticipate that, while our environmental benefits may not be the primary reason for it, there will be an upsurge in demand as truck operators begin to understand the financial benefits."

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