Detroit Diesel’s 2010 engines surpass 25 million miles of testing

DALLAS, Texas — Detroit Diesel’s 2010 engines with BlueTec selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology have exceeded 25 million miles of testing, according to the company.


The 25-million mile mark was reached by pre-production test trucks and revenue-generating customer demonstration units ahead of schedule, Detroit Diesel announced. By the time EPA2010 Detroit Diesel engines are rolled out on Jan. 1, they will have surpassed 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. 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.”


Detroit Diesel’s DD13, DD15 and DD16 engines will all use BlueTec SCR to comply with stringent emissions restrictions in 2010. The BlueTec aftertreatment system will require the use of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), however Detroit Diesel says customers can expect a 5% improvement in fuel economy – 3% net when factoring in the consumption of DEF.


“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,” said Rakesh Aneja, EPA2010 program manager for Detroit Diesel. “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.” 

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