PEORIA, Ill. — Caterpillar says its customers are validating claims the EPA07 engines are living up to expectations on the road.
One such customer is Ray Birkmire, a driver for New Century Transportation in New Jersey. His 430-hp C13 has accumulated 80,000 miles with no problems, the company announced in a release.
“I’m happy with the engine, it does a good job. I’m not seeing any performance issues with it using the ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD). It pulls a mountain in Tennessee that I regularly run at about 65 miles per hour, the same as the previous Cat engine I had,” he said. “We’re getting good fuel mileage, too – it gets 6.8 miles per gallon, and I was amazed that this truck would get that.”
Birkmire said he hasnt encountered any problems with the diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration cycles or the ULSD. He also said he appreciates the reduction of emissions.
“There’s no smoke coming out of that stack, which amazes me,” Birkmire said. “It doesn’t smoke at all, and the stack on the truck does not get carbon buildup in it. It actually keeps the trailer clean.”
Robert Long, chief financial officer with USA Dry Van Logistics in McAllen, Texas, also said the EPA07 Cat engines are performing well. He said his companys Caterpillar engines are achieving 7.2-7.4 mpg.
“We weren’t afraid to jump into the new motor, and it’s doing well for us. Drivers love them too, and haven’t had problems with them,” said Long.
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