The Cummins ISX engine is certified to October 2002 on-highway
standards. On April 2, Cummins Inc. announced the first of their
on-highway engines slated for the October 2002 emission standard
has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
to the 2.5-gram NOx + NMHC standard.
the certification, the EPA also affirmed the use of Auxiliary
Emissions Control Devices (AECD) as submitted by Cummins. AECD's
are permitted by law when limited engine protection is necessary
under certain operating conditions. AECD's are used in today's
engines throughout the industry, and are approved as part of
the EPA regulations and certification process.
a group of manufacturers of heavy-duty diesel engines, including
Cummins, signed a consent decree with the EPA and Justice Department.
At that time, engine manufacturers made a commitment to meet
the January 2004, 2.5-gram NOx+NMHC standards by October 2002,
as part of a "pull-ahead provision."
did not enter into this consent decree lightly," said Cummins
Vice President of Environmental Policy Christine Vujovich. "Cummins
made a significant investment in technology and product development
to meet, on time, the requirements of our consent decree, which
was specifically designed to establish a level playing field
for all engine manufacturers who signed a consent decree."
certification by the EPA of the first of our new engines proves
beyond any doubt that we will provide a product line that will
fulfill our commitment to meet the 2.5-gram NOx+NMHC standard,"
said Joe Loughrey, Cummins executive vice president and president,
Engine Business. "Meeting customer requirements while achieving
emission requirements is a challenging business. We remain committed
to providing our customers with the best possible performance
and fuel economy, and are focused on providing the lowest cost
solution while contributing to a cleaner environment. We understand
and appreciate the challenges facing many trucking companies
and owner-operators today and believe we are squarely in the
leadership position for having the best customer solution for
2002," he added.
of the new engines will be improved in terms of engine braking
capability and overall engine responsiveness. In our testing,
drivers of the new ISX engine preferred the performance of this
engine by a 3:1 margin compared to today's product," said
Cummins Vice President and Chief Technical Officer John Wall.
"With the certification of the ISX completed six months
early, we will continue to refine and look for further improvements
in fuel economy and reliability to exceed our commitments to
customers," said Wall.
17, 2001, Cummins became the first U.S. heavy-duty engine manufacturer
to publicly confirm its commitment to EPA officials to meet
the October 2002 emissions requirements. According to Cummins,
the company first began field testing of the ISX engine in December
1999 and will have accumulated more than 6 million miles of
on-highway vehicle field-testing and 115,000 hours of laboratory
tests by October.
in Columbus, IN, Cummins serves its customers through more than
500 company-owned and independent distributor locations in 131
countries and territories. With 24,900 employees worldwide,
Cummins reported sales of $5.7 billion in 2001.