EPA approves Cat’s entire 2004 engine lineup

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PEORIA, Ill. — Caterpillar has become the first engine manufacture to have its entire 2004 engine lineup certified for the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2004 emissions standards.

The 2004 standards require manufacturers to demonstrate 2002 emissions levels for nearly double the miles of operation in heavy-duty on-highway truck engines. Cat’s C7, C9, C13, C11 and C15 engines all meet these impending regulations.

The final engine to get the EPA’s green light for 2004 was the C11, which is popular among vocational truck customers.

"Caterpillar is the only engine manufacturer to offer a full product family of 2004 engines that are both EPA-certified and compliant," said Richard L. Thompson, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for the company’s Engine Division. "Customers who operate Cat engines in trucks, transit and school buses, and emergency vehicles demand engines that comply with EPA standards without sacrificing performance, reliability or fuel efficiency. Caterpillar, relying on our breakthrough ACERT technology, is best positioned to meet both customer needs and clean air goals."

ACERT technology reduces emissions at the point of combustion and is comprised of engine electronics, fuel injection systems and aftertreatment systems that work collectively to reduce emissions. All 2004 Cat engines will feature ACERT technology.

"Two years ago, we took a bold step by pursuing a technology path that offers more value than competing engine technologies," Thompson said. "Acceptance of our new engines in North America continues to grow. To date, more than 15,000 customers and fleets have ordered new engines with ACERT technology."

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