Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. will introduce a new model, equipped with a 505-horsepower (hp) Caterpillar engine, during the RV industry’s National Trade Show in Louisville Dec. 3-5.
The Caterpillar C-12 engine on the new Freightliner chassis, which has not been assigned a brand name yet, will satisfy the tougher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1, said Andrew Harris, Freightliner’s product manager for RV chassis.
The new chassis will be Freightliner’s first tag axle model for the diesel motorhome market, Harris added.
It will be the “next generation” version of Freightliner’s Powerliner chassis, which comes equipped with a 450-hp Cummins ISM engine. The new chassis will replace the Powerliner series for top-of-the-line diesel pushers, he said.
The new EPA emissions standards are intended to lower nitrogen oxide emissions.
Caterpillar Inc, Peoria, Ill., reports that its engines will satisfy the new EPA regulations because of its Advanced Combustion Emission Reduction Technology (ACERT).
The company also believes ACERT engines will “provide a better lifetime cost/value comparison than engines equipped with cooled EGR (exhaust gas recirculation).”
Caterpillar adds that all of its engines produced after Oct. 1 will be fully EPA certified.
More information about Caterpillar’s new engines can be found on the company’s website www.cattruckengines.com.