The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has certified Caterpillar Inc.’s emission-reduction
approach, known as Advanced Combustion Emission Reduction Technology
positions Caterpillar to meet future EPA emissions regulations for
both on- and off-highway engines, the company said.
Thompson, Caterpillar group president, said, "ACERT will set
a new industry standard for clean diesel engine technology in both
on-highway trucks and buses, as well as off-road Caterpillar construction
and mining machines."
The first EPA-certified
Caterpillar engine with ACERT technology is the C9 engine, which
is popular with customers who operate emergency and recreational
vehicles, mass transit buses and vocational class trucks, such as
refuse haulers and dump trucks.
of the C9 with ACERT technology will begin in the first quarter
of this year.
on-highway truck and bus engines will be equipped with ACERT technology
by the fourth quarter of 2003, the company said. The technology
also will be used to meet future emissions regulations for Caterpillar’s
entire diesel engine product line, including construction and mining
machines and power-generation units.