- Signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Reviva and Vander Haagâ€™s, Inc. and their successful integration of ClearFlameâ€™s technology into a Class-8 truck, validating the ability to seamlessly bring ClearFlameâ€™s technology to scale using existing transportation solution providers and supply chains.
- The commencement of ClearFlameâ€™s first pilot fleet trial with Beckâ€™s, highlighting strong interest from commercial fleets.Â Â
- The first-ever retail sale of E98 ethanol fuel, with CIE (Central Indiana Ethanol), CountryMark, and Co-Alliance Cooperative Inc. acting as fueling partners for Beckâ€™s, capitalizing on an existing network for the national distribution of ethanol.
BJ Johnson, ClearFlame co-founder and CEO,Â noted, â€œAs these cross-industry partnerships indicate, our innovative technology for the decarbonization of heavy-duty engines can be effectively integrated and quickly scaled across the United States in the short term â€“ not years from now. This is critical, particularly in industries like heavy-duty transportation. By leveraging an already existing eco-system and infrastructure, ClearFlameâ€™s solution not only gets us to our climate goals faster, but can do so less expensively â€“ saving fleets money, without any green premium.â€
Johnson continued, â€œThe speed and agility with which the Indiana ethanol fuel coalition was able to come together to provide E98 fuel to our truck with Beckâ€™s goes even further to underscore how easy it will be for ClearFlameâ€™s technology to rapidly scale for fleets across the country. Ethanol is already distributed through fuel terminals nationwide. In addition to being widely available, itâ€™s proven to be a much greener fuel, with substantially lower carbon emissions than diesel, and significant cost savings.â€
Julie Blumreiter, ClearFlame co-founder and Chief Technology Officer,Â added, â€œThese critical milestones for ClearFlame are further proof of the flexibility and agility of our technology, which continues to hit every technological milestone at incredible speed. Our partnerships with Reviva and Vander Haagâ€™s, Inc. demonstrate that we can move extremely quickly to seamlessly capitalize upon the existing ecosystem of engine remanufacturers and more than 250,000 mechanics who already service diesel engines today in the U.S. with no need for additional infrastructure investment, special tools, or complicated training. And through our work with fleet partners like Beckâ€™s, weâ€™ll continue with extensive durability testing and validation of our technology, keeping our lower-cost solution on track for successful commercialization in late 2023.â€
As part of ClearFlameâ€™s agreements for engine modification, Minneapolis-based Reviva has been named ClearFlameâ€™s initial engine remanufacturing partner, responsible for integrating ClearFlameâ€™s kit into existing Cummins X15 engines; engines will carry a two-year warranty. Reviva partnered with ClearFlame to bring cleaner fuel options to customers. For over 70 years, Reviva has been providing quality remanufactured engines and engine components. Reviva is the largest privately held diesel engine remanufacturer in North America and its engines are available at most aftermarket truck component suppliers and large truck dealers in the USA and Canada. Vander Haag’s, Inc., with nine locations throughout the Midwest, will serve as the vehicle integrator, reinstalling the ClearFlame engines into Class-8 trucks. In addition to being the vehicle integrator, Vander Haagâ€™s, Inc. will also leverage their parts distribution network to provide components for the initial integration as well as ongoing parts support. Both companies, seasoned veterans in the heavy duty engine modification industry, are building on their long histories of providing excellent services and support to customers with new services to demonstrate a renewed focus on present-day demand and client needs.
Beckâ€™s, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States and third-largest seed brand, represents ClearFlameâ€™s first official pilot. During the pilot, the truck is accumulating miles and driving long distances in a range of operating conditions, as well as short haul routes between the companyâ€™s Indiana locations, with a variety of different load types. Several other pilots with other companies are also planned through the end of the year.
ClearFlame expects to achieve commercialization of its engine modification technology by the end of 2023. The company is currently working with the EPA to achieve all environmental approvals; trucks are currently running under EPA exemption.
Ethanol Fuel Coalition
While ClearFlameâ€™s technology is fuel agnostic and can run on any clean fuel, its current engines run on ethanol, which is widely available across the United States as a blend component, but is not currently for sale. In order to provide E98 to the ClearFlame-modified truck with Beckâ€™s, a group of Indiana fuel providers came together, creating the first coalition enabling the use of ethanol as a truck fuel. These included Central Indiana Ethanol (as manufacturer), CountryMark (as distributor), and Co-Alliance Cooperative Inc. (as fuel retailer).
As previously announced, anÂ independent studyÂ conducted byÂ Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), demonstrated that ClearFlameâ€™s technologyÂ lowers total costs while meeting sustainability goals sooner than currently available alternatives.
- ClearFlame-enabled trucks are expected to haveÂ the lowest TCO when compared with diesel, natural gas, electric, and hydrogen platforms.
- ClearFlameâ€™s cost per mile is expected to beÂ substantially lowerÂ than electric and hydrogen platformsâ€”40% less than electricÂ andÂ 30% less than hydrogen.
- ClearFlame can provide aÂ quick and cost-effective path to substantial reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) and tailpipe emissionsÂ compared to other sustainable fuels and technologies, whose practical challenges, such as cost, range, infrastructure, and fuel availability, have slowed adoption.
- ClearFlame is estimated to provide aÂ 42% lifecycle carbon reductionÂ compared with diesel, as well as approximatelyÂ 22% lower GHG than battery electric vehiclesÂ based on the national average grid mix.