Orlando, Florida – Detroit Diesel, a manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty on-highway diesel engines, has premiered its production-intent BlueTec engine. The company is a subsidiary of Daimler.

The DD13, DD15 and upcoming DD16 family of engines were engineered from the ground up to be integrated with new BlueTec technology developed to meet the specific needs and conditions of the North American trucking industry. The new BlueTec emissions control system requires virtually no changes to Detroit Diesel’s base engines, meaning that base engine parts are already available and the service network is already trained to support them.

Like all 2010 selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, Detroit Diesel’s BlueTec technology requires diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), a solution of water and automotive-grade urea to effectively treat exhaust gases downstream of the engine. The system essentially eliminates all truck engine-generated NOx from being released into the air. The company said that more than 2,500 dealers, distributors, truck stops and retail outlets are committed to carrying DEF, and that availability will not be an issue. The system will require DEF refilling about every 8,000 to 11,000 km under typical highway duty cycles.

The company said that the new BlueTec engines should provide up to a five per cent diesel fuel economy improvement over current DD15 engines, and even greater fuel economy when compared to non-SCR technologies planned for use in 2010.

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