Daimler adds $9,000 surcharge for Cummins ISX15, SCR package

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Daimler Trucks North America on Tuesday, Sept. 1, announced that a $9,000 surcharge will be added to new vehicles with Cummins ISX15 engine and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technology. Daimler will offer customers their choice in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010-compliant engines and emissions technologies from both Detroit Diesel and Cummins.

As previously announced on Aug. 8, vehicles equipped with Detroit Diesel BlueTec emissions technology and DD15 and DD16 big bore engines, as well as the mid-bore DD13, will be offered at the same $9,000 surcharge per vehicle. A surcharge of $7,300 will be added for the Cummins ISC8.3 engine, and $6,700 will be added to the price of vehicles equipped with Cummins ISB6.7 engines.

Daimler says the surcharges reflect costs associated with adding SCR to meet EPA’s more stringent near-zero emissions standards that take effect Jan. 1, 2010. SCR is an emissions technology that treats nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions downstream in the exhaust. SCR technology consists of an aftertreatment catalyst system designed to allow engine exhaust to be treated with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which reduces NOx into simple nitrogen and water.

In other company news, Detroit Diesel. announced its BlueTec emissions technology completed 25 million miles of testing ahead of schedule, and that by its rollout on Jan. 1, 2010, the Detroit Diesel BlueTec technology will surpass 28 million miles of testing.

“We are pleased to have taken full advantage of our early choice of SCR as the best technology for our customers for 2010,” says David Siler, director of marketing for Detroit Diesel. “The 2010 BlueTec technology will be one of the most extensively tested emissions technology systems in our company’s history, and having this decade of experience has allowed Detroit Diesel and Daimler Trucks North America to not only have an extended period of time for system design and performance refinement, but also to gain significant testing and validation experience. The early commitment to the technology allowed us to finalize our production-intent designs early and to conclusively demonstrate the performance, durability and effectiveness of our BlueTec technology on production designs over the extended lifecycle demands of our customers.”

BlueTec will incorporate the performance of Detroit Diesel’s recently introduced DD15, DD13and DD16 big bore engines, as well as the ACRS fuel system and an integrated engine-compression brake. Detroit Diesel says its BlueTec technology includes a 1-Box packaging design optimized for low back-pressure and an all-new diesel particulate filter (DPF) material. The BlueTec aftertreatment system will utilize diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and has been fully optimized for low emissions and high fuel economy, according to the company.

“We are meeting our program goals for performance and emissions, fuel economy, durability and reliability,” says Rakesh Aneja, EPA 2010 program manager for Detroit Diesel. “Our current projections are showing up to a 5 percent diesel fuel economy improvement, and up to a 3 percent net improvement with our BlueTec-equipped engines compared to today’s engines. In cooperation with our vehicle colleagues at Daimler Trucks North America, we have had the opportunity to test our 2010 BlueTec system under diverse ambient and environmental conditions, operating conditions and routes. The results of our validation testing meet our expectations and offer a shift from fuel penalties to fuel economies for our customers in 2010, with simultaneous reduction of emissions and CO2, compared to today’s EGR-only vehicles.”