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Western New York Diesel Fleets Are Among the First to Meet EPA Emissions Standards for 2027

Grand Island Sales & Service adopts new technology to improve combustion process and reduce greenhouse gases

A new technology designed to revolutionize the performance of diesel engines is helping one of Western New York’s largest carriers of bulk fuels and hazardous materials significantly improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Grand Island Sales & Service (GISS) has completed testing of the SPI Exhaust Reaction (SPIER) System™ and based on data collected using digital instrumentation, GISS has proven the new system is effective and entered an agreement to install SPIER on all its trucks.

As trucking companies across the U.S. gear up for increasingly stringent EPA emissions standards, New York-based fleets such as GISS and Leonard’s Express are choosing SPIER as one way to meet these requirements, while also addressing higher fuel prices. GISS tested SPIER on a tanker in December, pulling 117,000 pounds of fuel from Rochester to Buffalo. They reported a 21.5% increase in fuel efficiency and a 48.1% reduction in output of “NOx” gases, which are the most harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to air pollution. GISS also reported a 5% improvement in horsepower in trucks that pull nearly 60 tons of fuel.

The reduction in NOx reported by GISS is enough to meet EPA emissions standards for 2027. According to the EPA, trucks beginning with model year 2027 will need to reduce NOx output by up to 40% compared to the current standard.

“With all the changes in government regulations and costs of operation, SPIER answers many of those challenges,” said John Simon, President of Grand Island Sales and Service. “I recommend it to all fleet owners who operate diesel-powered equipment with emission controls of vintages 2010 or later. As SPI says, it’s ‘Already Green’ technology.”

According to Simon, SPIER is easy to install and cost effective on existing and new trucks. SPIER can be installed on any diesel truck dating back to 2010 in approximately 6-8 hours with a kit of parts supplied by SPI.Systems. Early adopters are achieving full return on investment in less than one year from installation date.

“Many trucking companies are overburdened with increased costs of operation and essentially no near-term options to meet emissions laws and make a reasonable profit,” said Jack Schickler, the chemical engineer who invented SPIER and President of SPI.Systems. “In the end, the customers of fleets, such as grocery chains, are also paying those costs. SPIER cuts through this dilemma with an immediate, affordable system for ‘upfitting’ any diesel truck. There’s no more need to helplessly wait for a solution.”

Installation Sites Opening in New York State

Regional Truck and Trailer, a dealership and service center for heavy duty trucks, is certifying all its repair sites across New York State to install the SPIER System™. This includes Regional’s primary locations in Buffalo, Rochester and Geneva and their affiliate locations in Jamestown and Avoca. They have even further reach through other affiliate truck maintenance shops.

“It’s exciting to see SPI.Systems’ development efforts over the past three years result in such a great win for New York fleet owners, with benefits to both the economy and the environment,” said Jim Carello, Principal of Regional Truck and Trailer. “We look forward to making SPIER more widely available by offering installation services in New York state and through our fellow truck dealers across the country.”

SPIER is a combination of exhaust plumbing and “dual induction” of a portion of the tailpipe exhaust back into the engine cylinders. The chemical engineering of this approach releases enormous alternative energy in the combustion process, which decreases fuel consumption and harmful emissions. There is no interaction with, or alteration of, OEM systems on the vehicle. Added benefits are lower soot levels inside the engine, which cuts maintenance costs and reduces the need for exhaust aftertreatment solutions, and a gain in power, especially when climbing steep terrains.

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About SPI.Systems Corporation SPI.Systems, Inc. (SPI), is a new company whose origin goes back to 1992 to provide new systems in support of heavy truck and equipment fleets, reducing their cost of operations and maintenance. The history includes innovations in computerized products, systems of emission control diagnostics, and vehicle service on behalf of OEM dealers and independent service organizations.

The company has expanded its focus to include the engineering and production of products that enhance engine performance and reduce emissions. The evidence of that commitment is the SPIER System™, which applies a new approach to reuse the chemical constituents in diesel exhaust to enhance combustion and reduce the diesel carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide footprints to a degree never considered possible.

About SPI’s Founder SPI was founded by Jack Schickler, its current President and CEO. Jack is a retired General Motors executive with more than 57 years of emission control engineering experience. He has formed several companies that provide performance solutions for both vehicles and equipment. SPI takes what Jack calls a “holistic” approach with his teams. His passion is evident in the creation of the SPIER System™ as a contribution to reducing global warming, which Jack believes can be done with the inventiveness of those who apply their technical knowledge to solving societal problems.

For more information, please visit the SPI.Systems website.

Media Contact Jonathan Ghent

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