The Daimler Trucks North America homepage reports the delivery of the first two Detroit Diesel BlueTec emissions technology customer demo units (CDU) to Schneider National, Inc., the nation’s largest truckload carrier. The CDUs will be integrated into Schneider’s fleet to gain valuable real-world experience with the technology in advance of EPA 2010 regulations.
Delivered in late January 2009, the Schneider CDUs are Freightliner Cascadia’s(tm) equipped with Detroit Diesel DD15(tm) engines, and have already logged more than 45,000 miles.
Steve Duley, vice president of purchasing for Schneider National, noted that they keep close tabs on the units and provide Detroit Diesel feedback every day, including responses from drivers and technicians.
“By actually field testing the technology, we are putting the units into real-life situations, which ultimately helps Detroit Diesel engineers to identify every possible issue in advance,” said Duley. “We are confident the experience we gain from CDUs will give us additional time to prepare for the transition.”
Schneider’s participation in the BlueTec field test is part of its ongoing commitment to running the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry.
BlueTec – Daimler’s widely acclaimed emissions technology – was selected by Detroit Diesel in 2005 to meet the upcoming stringent EPA 2010 emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks. BlueTec represents the world’s latest innovation for clean diesel engine technology.
Based on Daimler’s experience with more than 200,000 trucks in Europe using BlueTec emissions technology and with more than 13 million miles of testing completed, this is one of the first systems of its kind to improve fuel efficiency while reducing emissions to near-zero levels.
Here is a video on BlueTec SCR Technology.
Source: Daimler Trucks North America