PEORIA, Ill. — Caterpillar’s ACERT-technology equipped C15 engine has been given the nod by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
It’s the third Cat engine to officially meet EPA emission standards for 2004. Full production of the C15, which is offered in either a 435- or 550-horsepower rating, will begin in the third quarter of this year.
"This certification demonstrates that production of ACERT technology for heavy-duty trucks is on schedule and the technology is ready to serve our customers in the North American trucking industry," said Richard Thompson, Caterpillar group president for engines. "This is also a day of pride for hundreds of Caterpillar employees who have devoted their time and talents to making this exciting new technology possible."
Cat’s C7 and C9 engines have already been EPA-approved for 2004 emissions standards.
When faced with the EPA’s tough emissions standards for 2002 and beyond, Cat was the only heavy-duty engine manufacturer that opted not to implement exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology. Instead, its ACERT technology focuses on reducing emissions at the point of combustion. By the fourth quarter of this year, all Caterpillar engines will be equipped with ACERT.
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