Commissioning of the first diesel engine 2027 compliant with CARB NOx regulations
Friday, April 8, 2022 trucking news and briefs:
First CARB 2027 compliant diesel engine enters fleet service
Achates Power announced that the heavy-duty diesel engine it developed through a project funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and several partners has entered fleet service with Walmart in a Peterbilt 579 tractor.
The company says it’s the only on-road diesel capable of meeting CARB 2027 regulations, which require a 90% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions compared to current standards.
The project team also demonstrated that the engine, known as a high-efficiency opposed-piston diesel engine, reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) by 10%. Achates Power’s ultra-low NOx engine is designed to achieve superior fuel efficiency due to its reduced heat loss, improved combustion and reduced pumping losses, the company adds.
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Achates claims the cleaner engine is able to deliver ultra-low NOx emissions by managing exhaust gas temperatures to ensure rapid catalyst burnout and maintaining aftertreatment temperatures at optimal operating conditions in all driving conditions.
“Achates Power is grateful that the California Air Resources Board led the funding for this demonstration program, and we are excited to work with our partners around the world to bring opposed piston engines to market,” said Dave Crompton, President and CEO of Buying Power. “It is particularly remarkable that we have been able to achieve the extremely stringent NOx limits without any additional emission control devices, reducing the cost, complexity and compliance risk of ultra-low NOx powertrain solutions. »
The opposed-piston engine can utilize existing manufacturing facilities, processes and materials to enable rapid time-to-market and deployment, the company adds. It should cost less than current engines, even if it meets much stricter environmental regulations. It requires no additional emission control devices and has fewer parts than conventional engines.
Additionally, Achates Power performs further testing with a fully aged catalyst (the equivalent of 800,000 miles of operation) to demonstrate its continued ability to meet stringent CARB standards.
Foodservice Fleet Adds Volvo Electric Truck to Canadian Fleet
Martin Brower, which serves restaurant chains around the world, has introduced its first Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 tractor to its global fleet.
The zero-exhaust emission tractor will be intended to pull McDonald’s brand trailers for food and beverage deliveries to McDonald’s restaurants in the Montreal area. Martin Brower has been a key supply chain partner of McDonald’s around the world since opening its first restaurant in the United States in 1956.
“We are thrilled to partner with our long-time customer Martin Brower to be the first to deploy a Volvo VNR Electric in Montreal in conjunction with McDonald’s Canada,” said Paul Kudla, General Manager for Canada, Volvo Trucks North America. “It’s a strong statement when all key partners align on clear targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We look forward to continued collaborations with both organizations as they embark on their journey towards electromobility. »
The Volvo VNR electric tractor will deliver to local McDonald’s restaurants within a 150 km (95 mile) radius of Martin Brower’s Montreal distribution center. McDonald’s Canada is conducting a trial of the electric Volvo VNR as part of a plan to assess the feasibility of scaling up alternative fuel vehicles to serve its more than 1,400 restaurants across Canada, as possible. possible.
The tractor will be serviced by Volvo Trucks Montreal, which was recently announced as one of the first two Volvo Trucks certified electric vehicle dealerships in Canada. Its sales team is fully trained to consult with customers who are considering investing in one of Volvo VNR’s electric model configurations. Its service team has also been fully trained and equipped to safely service and repair the Volvo VNR Electric transmission and components.
Mack electric truck range calculator intros
Mack Trucks recently launched its Electric Vehicle Range Calculator to help customers simulate real-world pickup routes. Mack says the information allows users to plan and create routes for the Mack LR Electric garbage vehicle based on many route-specific variables.
The range calculator takes into account battery capacity, type of dumpster application, ambient temperature, terrain and number of stops on a specific route, allowing customers to estimate and plan the energy that will be consumed on the route.
“The Electric Vehicle Range Calculator is a useful tool for customers and potential customers, so when making the decision to purchase an electric vehicle, they can easily plan the collection routes that will best suit the vehicle,” Scott said. Barraclough, senior product manager for electric mobility at Mack Trucks. “The tool is easy to use and can predict when the vehicle needs to be recharged, if necessary, so that appropriate planning can be done.”
Using GPS data collected from the customer’s current routes, Mack is able to use the data to produce a detailed report predicting the number of starts and stops the Mack LR Electric can perform on the specific route. The ECU takes into account the increase in payload, regenerative braking and the time spent at each stop.
Customers interested in the EV Range Calculator can contact their local Mack dealer.