International Issues Update On 2007 Emissions Plans

Posted on November 8, 2005

International Truck and Engine Corp. has announced its plans and progress toward development of 2007 emissions-ready trucks and engines, including its goals for product testing, its technology path and expected price increases.

International said that it is focused on achieving comparable performance to what its customers see today and is conducting the largest field test in its history to help achieve that goal.

“Our goal for testing is to obtain robust data on all areas that affect the performance of our integrated truck and engine solution and with our engine suppliers, including power levels, fuel economy, durability, reliability, and maintenance intervals,” said Phil Christman, vice president, product creation. "This involves extensive winter testing and ensuring we have trucks in customers' hands in a wide variety of applications. We will be testing performance in millions of miles.”

International released preliminary information on both pricing and fuel economy, noting it was working on minimizing the impact of both on its customers. Prices for International midrange diesel powered trucks and IC buses are estimated to increase $5000 to $6000 per vehicle while for International Class 8 truck/tractors with supplier engines, the estimates range from $7000 to $10,000. Additional charges will apply with certain engines where higher horsepower requires dual after treatment.

Based on current tests of International engines, fuel economy degradation currently is estimated beyond the 1% expected through the use of ultra low sulfur fuel. Christman said International is also focused on maximizing fuel economy to close the gap.

For its family of midrange engines, International will be optimizing exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), and using proven air management and fuel injection systems in addition to a diesel particulate filter.

International also noted it is closely collaborating with its engine suppliers, Caterpillar and Cummins, both of which will be using cooled EGR strategies, for the 2007 solutions in its Class 8 trucks.