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CALGARY, Alta. — Alternative Fuel Systems has signed an agreement to develop its Sparrow compressed natural gas engine control system for International’s DT466 diesel engine platform.

This engine platform is used in a variety of medium-duty trucks across North America with approximately one million on the road currently. The development program will include independent testing in the U.S. to ensure emissions meet the stringent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Low Emission Vehicle requirements.

AFS has received payment to cover the development portion of this project with remaining payments due upon receipt of emission certification from the EPA and CARB.

“Successful application of AFS technology to the Navistar engine should significantly increase our sales in the U.S. market place,” says James Newsom, vice-president of sales. “The increasingly stringent EPA emission requirements will eventually force the older diesel engines on the road today to convert to cleaner burning fuels.”

The deal was actually signed with a private diesel engine re-manufacturing company based in Dallas, Texas.

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