Schneider not impressed with 10/02 engine tests

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — One of the most outspoken companies concerned about the impending 10/02 low-emissions engines has been Schneider National and the company continues to voice its skepticism.

When Schneider’s president recently announced the company would not be buying any post-October engines for its fleet until they were proven in the industry, it caused ripples of concern throughout the ranks of North American engine manufacturers.

In an effort to quell that concern, some engine-makers have given Schneider an opportunity to test several of the lower-emission engines set for sale this October. However, Schneider executives insist none of the engines tested meet the company’s needs.

Schneider officials recently said they are still skeptical about the impact of a federal consent decree requiring engine-makers to produce lower-emission engines. In particular, they voiced concerns over a Mercedes engine not subject to the new environmental requirements, and with the cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology being used by many of the manufacturers.

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