Detroit Diesel applies for EPA certification of 2010 engines

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Having recently completed more than 25 million miles of testing with its BlueTec emissions control system, Detroit Diesel Corp. announced that it has filed applications with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board for 2010 certification of Detroit Diesel DD13 and DD15 engines with BlueTec emissions control systems. Detroit Diesel says the applications provide EPA and CARB with test results and documentation required to validate that the engine systems are in compliance with new 2010 emissions standards. The company says it will apply for DD16 certification next month.

“The submission of our 2010 certification applications, based on successful completion of our emissions and OBD certification testing, is a key program milestone for us,” says Rakesh Aneja, 2010 program manager for Detroit Diesel. “We have millions of test miles under our belt, including ‘real-world’ freight hauling experience in customer trucks, as well as our own testing in extreme ambient conditions and diverse operating conditions. We are pleased with test results confirming that our Detroit Diesel engines with BlueTec consistently
meet the 2010 emissions standards.”

Detroit Diesel chose selective catalytic reduction (SCR) as the primary technology to meet the EPA 2010 emissions regulations. “After a decade of investment in both resources and funding to design, develop, integrate and test both engine and emissions control technologies, the early application for certification of our most popular engines brings tremendous satisfaction to the team at Detroit Diesel and Daimler Trucks North America,” says David Siler, director of marketing for Detroit Diesel. “We’re pleased to deliver on our commitment to build highly efficient engines and emissions systems that are among the cleanest in the world.”

Aneja says that in addition to being good for the environment, BlueTec allows the performance of the engine to be optimized, thereby meeting customers’ need for fuel efficiency, drivability, reliability, simplicity and convenience. “We are satisfied with the readiness of our engine and aftertreatment system for production launch,” he says. “In fact, preproduction of our 2010 trucks and engines is already under way. We remain excited at the prospect of offering a paradigm-changing product to our customers.”