Meijer Places First U.S. EPA 2010 Fleet Order with Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that Meijer, an EPA SmartWaySM award-winning retailer, had placed the nation’s first fleet order for U.S. EPA 2010 trucks with the company. Meijer purchased 40 EPA 2010 Freightliner Cascadia trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel DD13 engines with the new evolutionary BlueTec emissions technology.

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According to Tom McCall, vice president of logistics for Meijer, the pairing of the aerodynamic Freightliner Cascadia with the DD13 engine effectively matched Meijer’s criteria for reliability, fuel economy, durability and serviceability. The first delivery of the trucks is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of this year, well ahead of the emissions regulations scheduled to take effect January 1, 2010.

“We’re extremely proud to be the first company in the nation to place an order for these 21st century trucks equipped with the BlueTec emissions technology,” said McCall. “While it’s thrilling to be at the front end of the launch of such innovative technology, it’s also exciting to partner with another Michigan-based company, Detroit Diesel Corporation, to help stimulate the economy and provide jobs right in our own backyard.”

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Daimler’s commitment to meeting environmental challenges is reflected in the company’s early adoption, research and development of SCR technologies to meet the needs of North American trucking.

“SCR is the only emissions technology in decades proven to be as good for business as it is for the environment,” said Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales for Daimler Trucks North America. “Daimler Trucks and Detroit Diesel lead the industry in research and development of both SCR technology and the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) infrastructure to support it.”

“We invested over a decade in the design of emissions technologies to optimize the entire powertrain system for our North American trucking customers, and we’re especially pleased to be selected by Meijer as their supplier of choice for the first fleet order of U.S. EPA 2010 trucks,” he added. “Meijer is at the forefront of business and environmental strategies, and we are proud to deliver Detroit Diesel’s BlueTec to them as a proven technology that will deliver a significant return on their emissions technology investment and an operational advantage of up to 5 over current 2007 trucks in their fleet.”

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“From an operating perspective, the fuel efficiencies achieved with the Detroit Diesel DD13 engine and BlueTec emissions technology effectively return North American trucking to pre-EGR fuel economy levels while reducing dependence on foreign oil and reducing emissions to near-zero levels at the tailpipe,” Lampert added. “And, with more than 25 million test miles completed in North America, including successful real-world freight hauling experience, that return on investment in BlueTec technology is more than just fuel economy…it will be proven reliability,” added Lampert.

Source: Freightliner

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