Detroit Diesel BlueTec SCR Completes 25 Million Miles of Testing, Becoming the Most Tested and Proven Emissions Reduction Technology
Aug 24, 2009
Pre-Production Vehicles and Revenue-Generating Customer Demonstration
Units Meet Expectations in Fuel Economy, Reliability and 2010 Emissions
Reduction Compliance at the Tailpipe
DALLAS, Tex.- During panel discussions held at the Great American
Truck Show in Dallas, Detroit Diesel Corporation announced its
BlueTec(r) emissions technology completed 25 million miles of testing
ahead of schedule. By its rollout on January 1, 2010, the Detroit
Diesel BlueTec technology will surpass 28 million miles of testing,
making it one of the most proven and tested emissions reduction
Detroit Diesel's BlueTec emissions technology - a North American version
of Daimler's widely acclaimed technology - represents the company's
latest innovation in clean diesel engine technology to be
fully-developed and commercialized.
"We are pleased to have taken full advantage of our early choice of SCR
as the best technology for our customers for 2010. The 2010 BlueTec
technology will be one of 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," said David Siler, director of marketing, Detroit Diesel.
"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 life-cycle demands of our
customers," he added.
BlueTec will incorporate the enhanced performance of Detroit Diesel's
recently introduced DD15(tm), DD13(tm) and DD16(tm) big bore engines, as
well as the already proven ACRS(tm) fuel system and an integrated
engine-compression brake. Detroit Diesel's BlueTec technology includes
a unique 1-Box(tm) packaging design optimized for low back-pressure and
an all-new, robust DPF material. The BlueTec aftertreatment system will
utilize diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and has been fully optimized for low
emissions and high fuel economy.
"We are meeting our program goals for performance and emissions, fuel
economy, durability, and reliability. Our current projections are
showing up to 5% diesel fuel economy improvement, and up to 3% net
improvement with our BlueTec equipped engines compared to today's
engines," said Rakesh Aneja, EPA 2010 program manager, Detroit Diesel.
"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."
SCR Is the Technology of Choice for North America BlueTec symbolizes
Daimler's commitment to meet today's environmental challenges, while
also offering exemplary performance and fuel economy. Since adapting the
technology in early 2005, Daimler Trucks has delivered more than 200,000
trucks and buses around the world utilizing BlueTec.
"Recent studies show the rest of the North American truck and engine
marketplace of truck fleets understand and prefer the benefits we saw
several years ago. Once they have the facts, they favor SCR technology
two to one as their choice to competitively meet the EPA 2010 emissions
targets," said Siler. "It was only a matter of time before customers
would demand improved fuel economy as well as clean emissions. SCR is
the only proven technology that offers both."
"Nearly 100 percent of all big bore engines in production today for the
U.S. and Canada that will be manufactured after January 1, 2010, will
utilize SCR technology," said Siler. Detroit Diesel's BlueTec
technology is modular and will be flexible for use in over the road and
vocational applications, making it not only cost effective but simple
and highly adaptable to a range of operating conditions.
Detroit Diesel Corporation is a leading manufacturer of on-highway
heavy-duty diesel engines for the commercial truck market. Headquartered
in Redford, Mich., Detroit Diesel is engaged in the design, manufacture,
sale and service of these products, in addition to supporting
alternative and hybrid engine strategies for the commercial truck
marketplace. Detroit Diesel is a Daimler company, the world's leading
commercial vehicle manufacturer.
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