Caterpillar Becomes First Company With A Full Line Of EPA Certified Off-Road Engines

Caterpillar Inc. got the nod from the Environmental Protection Agency on July 8 when the it certified a full line of off-road engines as compliant with Tier 3 standards slated to go into effect in January 2005 and January 2006.

The EPA certification of seven Caterpillar engine models allows early production of cleaner Tier 3 diesel engines. It also enables Caterpillar to provide a full line of engines featuring ACERT technology in the 175-750 horsepower range. The company will ship fully tested Tier 3 clean diesel engines to industrial OEM customers this month. Cat machines powered by Tier 3 compliant engines will reach the market in October 2004, three months before the 2005 implementation date for the 300-750 horsepower range and fifteen months before the required 2006 implementation date for the 175-300 horsepower range.

“This is a tremendous milestone for Caterpillar, and it’s another testament to the value of Caterpillar’s breakthrough ACERT technology,” said Gary Stroup, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division. “We’ve invested heavily in blazing a new path in emissions reduction technology, and these certifications are proof that the investment is paying off for our company, our customers and our environment.”

In addition to its readiness to meet Tier 3 standards, using ACERT technology, the company also has a clear path to reach upcoming Tier 4 standards. Caterpillar has reduced emissions in off-road machines by more than 40 percent since 1995 and, by meeting the Tier 4 regulations, will reduce emissions an additional 90 percent by 2014.

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