Podcast outlines BlueTec use in Detroit Diesel engines

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A new podcast about Daimler Trucks North America’s incorporation of urea-based technology into its Detroit Diesel engines is now available at www.daimler-trucksnorthamerica.com/news/mediaroom/featurearticle/. The company says the podcast describes how the new technology provides cleaner emissions while improving fuel economy.

On the podcast, Chris Patterson — president and chief executive officer of Portland, Ore.-based DTNA — outlines the benefits of using BlueTec technology as the company prepares for the next round of Environmental Protection Agency regulations in 2010. BlueTec will incorporate Detroit Diesel’s recently introduced DD15 engine and its future family of engines, including the DD13 and DD16.

The podcast also features Mike Delaney, DTNA senior vice president of marketing, who says that BlueTec and selective catalytic reduction is the best option for engine manufacturers. “BlueTec technology has been thoroughly tested and proven in real-world
applications,” Delaney says. “Daimler alone already has more than 100,000 trucks in operation using SCR, and it has proven itself to be sound and effective.”

According to DTNA research, both testing and real-world operations in Europe are showing a 3 to 5 percent improvement in fuel economy. “Most important, BlueTec delivers exactly what it is supposed to — cleaner emissions, improved economics and reliable performance in the most extreme environments,” Delaney says. “In an economy where fuel economy is increasingly critical, it is the ultimate solution.”

On the podcast, Patterson also provides historical context to the economy in terms of trucking sales, and offers an outlook as to when conditions might improve.