From Diesel Technology Forum
At the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta, in September, heavy-duty engine and vehicle manufacturers displayed continued innovation and support for clean diesel technologies. With more than 400 exhibitors on the floor, a significant “show of force” for clean diesel was on display. This support included notable new product announcements from Cummins, Volvo, Navistar, Daimler and others.
“Even as manufacturers explore new powertrains to meet the needs of their customers, there is no doubt that clean diesel will remain the prime mover for the trucking industry, offering the greatest combination of value to truckers in the form of increasing efficiency, reliability, performance, and economical operation and ownership,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “The new environmental performance achieving near-zero emissions further ensures that clean diesel is a solution for achieving current and future clean air and efficiency standards.
“We’re seeing continuous improvement in efficiency and performance of clean diesel power,” Schaeffer continued. “Manufacturers are working toward meeting the challenge of the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Fuel Economy rules by closer integration and optimization of engines and transmissions, along with improving emissions control system design and total vehicle integration. Additional gains in efficiency and further reductions in emissions will define the next generation of clean diesel power.”
This year, ACT Research analysts expect the North American Class 3-8 truck market to come in at more than 250,000 vehicles. According to projections by The Fuels Institute, diesel will remain the predominant fuel for commercial vehicles, even in 2025 when it maintains 96 percent of the medium- and heavy-duty market.
“Diesel powers well over 90 percent of all commercial trucks on the road today,” Schaeffer said. “Of that population, approximately 30 percent of today’s on-road fleet is powered by the newest generation of clean diesel technology. This new technology is more fuel efficient and lowest in emissions, resulting in 4.2 billion / $2,640 saved per truck per year, and overall emission reductions of 43 million tonnes CO2, 21 million tonnes NOx and 1.2 million tonnes PM,” Schaeffer said. “If every one of America’s Class 3-8 trucks on the road today was powered by new generation of clean diesel technology, the fuel savings, emission reductions and cost savings across the fleet would be astounding.”
Announcements at NACV indicate that manufacturers are seeing strong orders for the new generation of commercial trucks with the newest generation of clean diesel power through the end of 2017 and into 2018, as truckers look to upgrade their fleets and expand their service offerings.