The Environmental Protection Agency has certified Caterpillar’s new engine technology. Caterpillar Inc. made the announcement in January.
All of the company’s on-highway truck engines will be equipped with its ACERT technology by the fourth quarter of 2003, it said. Its ACERT (advanced combustion emission reduction technology) system reduces emissions at the point of combustion.
Caterpillar’s truck engine competitors use exhaust gas recirculation technology to meet the EPA standards that became effective Oct. 1.
“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,” said Richard Thompson, group president for the engine division.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.