Caterpillar Inc. received certification Monday (Nov. 20) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the company’s first engine equipped with ACERT Technology for 2007.
According to a press release, this technology positions Caterpillar to meet future EPA emissions regulations and provides a long-term emissions solution for the global on-highway engine market.
“With this certification, Caterpillar has delivered on the promises made when we introduced ACERT Technology in 2002,” said Jim Parker, vice president, Caterpillar Power Systems Marketing Division. “ACERT Technology has set a new industry standard for clean diesel technology, meeting the clean air goals we all support while maintaining the reliability, durability and minimal owning and operating costs that Cat engines traditionally have provided.”
The first EPA-certified Caterpillar engine with ACERT Technology is the C7 and will be in full production on Jan. 1, 2007. The engine is used in a wide range of applications including motorhome, medium-duty vocational and delivery trucks, school buses, emergency vehicles and recreational vehicles.
ACERT Technology relies on four basic systems to lower emissions – air management, precision combustion, advanced electronics and effective after- treatment. These four systems work to decrease particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen and hydrocarbon emissions while preserving the engine’s reliability and durability, which keep owning and operating costs low