Trucks – September 20091

Truck manufacturers have begun to detail cost increases of 2010 emissions technology as they prepare to meet the EPA’s heavy-duty truck emission standards, effective January 1.
Navistar International announced pricing for its 2010 MaxxForce advanced EGR engines, at a $6,000 increase for the MaxxForce 7, DT, 9 and 10, and an $8,000 increase for the MaxxForce 11, 13 and 15. The company says the increases will be non-discountable surcharges applied to each truck’s base price.

“We’re on track with EGR testing and confident for an early 2010 launch of MaxxForce engines with advanced EGR,” says Jack Allen, president, Navistar North America. The company has had EGR engines on the road since 2003, and is now completing high temperature and high altitude testing of its advanced EGR solution.

In August, Daimler Trucks North America announced its Detroit Diesel BlueTec and Cummins mid-range SCR engine technology surcharges, or $9,000 per truck equipped with Detroit Diesel DD15 and DD16 big bore engines, as well as the medium bore DD13; $7,300 for trucks with Cummins ISC8.3 engines; and $6,700 for those with Cummins ISB6.7 engines.

“Customers are reporting up to a 5 percent increase in miles per gallon with BlueTec-equipped 2010 test engines hauling materials today,” says Mark Lampert, senior vice president, sales, Daimler.

Daimler says Detriot Diesel BlueTec achieves higher fuel efficiency through three factors – base engine out NOx levels, DPF regeneration intervals and exhaust back pressure. It also claims not relying on EGR lowers heat rejection, meaning no expanded cooling capacity is required.

For its SCR-equipped 2010 trucks, Volvo Truck North America plans to include a $9,600 surcharge. This will apply to trucks built with Volvo’s D11, D13, and D16 engines, in addition to those with Cummins ISX engines.

Initial production of its 2010 trucks is scheduled for the fall, with deliveries beginning a few weeks later, according to the company. “A number of customers have expressed an interest in placing SCR-equipped units in their fleets ahead of 2010,” says Scott Kress, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Volvo Trucks North America. “This gives early adopters the opportunity to gain familiarity with the technology and the benefits of SCR. These trucks will deliver the near-zero emissions and improved fuel economy SCR-equipped Volvo trucks have demonstrated over two winters and more than three million miles of North American customer testing.”

Volvo has stood by its “No Regen” campaign, saying its 2010 trucks will bring additional fuel economy improvements by eliminating active regenerations of the diesel particulate filter.

Navistar has responded to these fuel economy claims by stating that its trucks will see fuel economy equal to that of other manufacturers.