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US Coast Guard evaluating diesel outboards; final report due June 2018

US Coast Guard evaluating diesel outboards; final report due June 2018 19 June 2017 The US Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC ) is evaluating the use of available diesel outboard engines on its small boats. Although diesel is the dominant fuel for cutters and many boats, the Coast Guard operates hundreds of gasoline-powered outboard engine boats. Conversion to a single-fuel fleet could improve operational performance, efficiency and resiliency. The project began in 2014 with the issuance of a request for information and assessment of markt availability. The RDC is now in the third phase of the project—engine testing. Testing covers performance assessments as well as long-term reliability, availability and maintenance data collection. Three engines—Mercury Marine’s 175HP spark-ignited diesel engine and the OXE 200HP and Cox Powertrain 300HP compression-ignited...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/06/20170619-uscg.html

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