Cummins discusses 2013 EPA engine certification at emissions conference

Christopher Goodfellow - 30 October 2012

Cummins is the first manufacturer to certify an engine to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013 regulations and the new greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency rules, that will take effect in 2014, according to Ken Federle, Executive Director of Product Engineering at Cummins Emissions Solutions.

The new GHG standards can be met with existing heavy-duty truck technology, according to Federle, which means that ahead of the 2017 GHG standards, manufacturers can begin to reduce vehicle costs:

"Now that we can concentrate on fuel economy improvements, we will be able to lower the cost of the vehicle over time," Federle said, speaking at Integer Research's 5th Diesel Emissions Conference USA 2012, in Cincinnati, OH.

Cummins continues to develop Waste Heat Recovery technology, which reduces energy loss. Federle told delegates the technology can provide vehicle efficiency benefits and fuel savings even under idle conditions, and provides additional benefits under heavy vehicle loads. However, justifying the additional vehicle costs for the technology will require either increases in fuel prices or may be prompted by the implementation of stricter GHG standards in 2017.

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