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Officials with Caterpillar Inc. said the company demonstrated on Tuesday (May 11) its ability to meet stringent 2007 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for on-highway truck and bus engines at an event in Washington D.C.
The , supplier of diesel engines to the motorhome industry displayed a 2007 emissions-compliant truck powered by a Caterpillar C-15 on-highway engine equipped with ACERT(R) technology. The Caterpillar truck on display features real-time emissions monitoring technology.
The truck performance and emissions monitoring technology was demonstrated to EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt along with U.S. Department of Energy Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David K. Garman and other federal officials. Group President Douglas R. Oberhelman, who will soon assume responsibility for the Caterpillar’s power systems business, represented the company.
“(Tuesday’s) demonstration reaffirms that Caterpillar is fully on track to meet EPA’s 2007 on-highway emissions standards,” said Oberhelman. “While the 2007 standards are extremely challenging, we’re demonstrating that with ACERT technology, we’re able to meet the standards and continue providing customers with the cutting-edge and reliable clean-air technology they expect and deserve.”
At the demonstration, Oberhelman affirmed Caterpillar’s commitment of ensuring that customers have time to field-test the technology and become comfortable with its ability to meet rigorous performance standards.
The Peoria, Ill., company also announced its schedule for bringing its clean diesel engines to market. “We will provide 2007-compliant prototype engines to truck makers later this year, and the engines will be available for customer evaluation in the mid-2005 time frame,” Oberhelman said. “This aggressive delivery schedule is critical for truck fleets and owner operators who must become comfortable with engine performance and reliability in advance of the 2007 deadline.”
Caterpillar was the first engine manufacturer to offer clean diesel engines certified to meet EPA’s tougher 2004 standards, which require more stringent testing to demonstrate lower emissions over longer periods of time.
The 2007 emissions-compliant truck was displayed as part of the Society for Automotive Engineering (SAE) and Department of Energy (DOE) Annual Government/Industry Conference in Washington D.C. The display highlights the accomplishments of the 21st Century Truck Partnership supported by Caterpillar and 15 other corporations, as well as the Departments of Energy, Defense, Transportation and EPA, to improve the efficiency and safety of commercial and military trucks and buses.
ACERT is a differentiated, breakthrough technology that reduces emissions at the point of combustion. The technology capitalizes on Caterpillar’s leadership in engine electronics, fuel-injection systems and combustion technology. All Caterpillar on-highway truck and bus engines now in production are equipped with ACERT technology. The technology also will be used as the foundation to meet future emission regulations for the company’s entire diesel engine product line, including construction and mining machines and power-generation units.