Darlington, UK (May 6, 2009) -

Cummins class leading ISBe engines now offer further environmental and cost benefits to vehicle manufacturers and operators.  Rigorous testing has proved that the ISBe will now meet the EEV emissions levels without the need for additional particulate filtration, and the resulting installation and maintenance costs.

EEV stands for “Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle”, and is a voluntary standard that is more stringent than the lowest levels introduced by the European Community to date, Euro 5.   Versus Euro 5, EEV requires particulate matter to be reduced a further 33% (from 0.03 g/kW/hr to 0.02g/kW/hr) on the European Transient Cycle.  Hydro-carbons, carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) remain as low as Euro 5.

Neil Pattison, Cummins Automotive Business Leader for Europe said, “EEV has become the badge for ultra low emission vehicles and is being demanded by major cities looking to reduce emissions to the lowest possible levels.  At Cummins we recognise the key trends in the market and develop cost effective solutions to support our OEM customers.  Our combustion and emission solutions capabilities have enabled us to develop an EEV solution without the need for further exhaust aftertreatment.”

The ISBe already has an excellent reputation for reliability and fuel economy in truck and bus markets.  The engine’s super clean design characteristics have enabled Cummins combustion engineers to drive down particulates to the levels that meet the EEV requirements.  The integrated Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) solution, designed in-house by Cummins Emission Solutions, easily reduces engine NOx to the required Euro 5 level of 2.0g/kW/hr.

Cummins remains at the forefront of diesel engine technology by now offering a dual path to allow OEMs to meet the ultra low EEV emissions levels.  For those contracts which specify the use of a particulate filter, Cummins has an approved solution available.  For contracts which do not require additional exhaust aftertreatment, Cummins offers the most cost effective option.  

“Cummins continues to provide significant benefits to our OEM customers.  We can now deliver an EEV solution without the additional cost of installing and certifying a particulate filter. This will enable operators to meet the green credentials with minimal impact to maintenance and running costs, and also gain potential tax benefits for using ultra low emission vehicles,” added Pattison.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 5,200 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $755 million on sales of $14.3 billion in 2008. Press releases can be found on the Web at everytime.cummins.com.